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Former Ecole Normale Supérieure building burned down by gangs

  • March 29, 2024
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The old building of the Ecole Normale Supérieure on rue Monseigneur Guilloux burned down by gangs.

Armed gangs set fire to the old building of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, on rue Monseigneur Guilloux. The thugs have continued to set fire to several spaces in downtown Port-au-Prince. During this week, armed bandits set fire to clinics, warehouses and school and university establishments in the vicinity of the general hospital. The MENFP in a note says it condemns these acts of violence against schools and universities.

Indeed, since 2021 the UEH authorities had taken measures to move the Ecole Normale Supérieure which is now located at the Canapé-Vert. This decision was taken following the shooting death of student Grégory Saint-Hilaire followed by clashes between ENS students and USGPN agents accused in the student’s death.

Since then, the building on rue Monseigneur Guilloux has not received students. Courses are taught in the new premises located in Canapé-Vert, near the UEH Rectorate. Which suggests that the fire did not destroy the students’ files. However, it remains for those responsible to take stock.

Furthermore, the MENFP condemned these acts of violence against schools and universities. In a note, the Ministry of Education recalled that school and university are the basis of a society. He calls for the protection of these establishments.

The Ecole Normale Supérieure has trained several major figures in Haitian society including Patrice Dumont, Myrlande Manigat, Victor Benoît among others.

Remember that since the outbreak of violence in the Haitian capital, gangs have ransacked the Faculty of Sciences and ENARTS, the Faculty of Agronomy has not been spared. The Frère Nau school was burned down as well as the old ENS premises.

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