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Hati-Criminality: The Gressier police station under the control of armed gangs – More than 25 police stations attacked in 2024

  • May 11, 2024
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P-au-P, 11 from 2024 [AlterPresse] — Armed gangs attacked the police station in Gressier (about thirty km south of Port-au-Prince), during an armed attack perpetrated on the evening of Friday May 10, 2024, according to information gathered by the online agency AlterPresse.

A public transport driver, commonly known as “Guillon”, who was not far from the Gressier police station, was injured by two bullets around 10:00 p.m. local time (2:00 a.m. GMT this Saturday, May 11, 2024), reports Association of Owners and Drivers of Haiti (Apch).

The injured driver was rushed to hospital to receive the treatment his condition required.

A vehicle parked in the courtyard of the police station was set on fire by thugs according to images circulating on social networks.

Many families are therefore forced to leave the town of Gressier to seek refuge elsewhere.

Several residents in the municipality of Léogane (already more than 12 km south of Gressier) are on alert, after the attack by armed gangs against the police station in Gressier on the evening of Friday May 10, 2024, are concerned by local residents on the AlterPresse/AlterRadio platform.

This attack by armed gangs against the police station in Gressier brings to more than 25 the number of police stations destroyed in 2024 by armed gangs, denounces the Haitian National Police Union (Spnh17).

Castigating the passivity of the police high command, Spnh17 demands in-depth changes within the institution, including the interim director general Frantz Elbé.

These changes should make it possible to organize operations in the strongholds of armed gangs, to recover stolen equipment from the police institution.
No action has been taken so far to recover a Pnh armored vehicle, taken by armed bandits from the Ti Bwa (on the heights of Martissant), headed by Christ-Roi Chéry alias Krisladuring an attack perpetrated on October 12, 2022 against a Pnh base in Martissant 23, recalls Spnh-17.

Several other Pnh equipment was also stolen, reports the national police union.

The armored vehicle, stolen by the gang Krislawould be responsible for the shooting perpetrated, in the afternoon of Tuesday May 7, 2024, around Martissant (southern outskirts of Port-au-Prince), against a minibus providing the Carrefour/Port-au-Prince route, denounces the Haitian National Police Union.

This armed attack, on Tuesday May 7, 2024, caused four dead by bullets and several others injured in the Martissant areastill under the control of armed gangs since June 1, 2021.

From January to December 2023, at least thirteen (13) police stations and/or
fixed and mobile patrols were attacked by armed bandits
notes a report from the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (Rnddh) dated April 10, 2024.

Since Thursday February 29, 2024, armed gangs have increased their attacks in the country, particularly in the metropolitan area of ​​Port-au-Prince, killing people, looting and burning several public and private buildings.

Between Thursday April 25 and Sunday May 5, 2024, more than 5,000 people were displaced, following several attacks by armed gangs in the commune of Delmas, particularly in the district of Delmas 24 and in Solino, according to data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

These internally displaced people headed towards the municipalities of Port-au-Prince, Delmas, Croix-Des-Bouquets and Tabarre (in the northeast), she adds.

Among them, 51% found refuge with host families, while 49% settled in ten sites, including six new sites and four existing sites, specifies the IOM.

In recent months, terror and other violent acts by armed gangs have forced more than 95,000 people to leave their homes in the metropolitan area of ​​the capital, Port-au-Princeto take refuge in other areas of the country. [emb rc apr 11/05/2024 10:10]