Four dead and 19 injured during recent protests in Haiti

By Alina Ramos Martin, Prensa Latina, August 27, 2022

The recent protests against hunger, inflation and insecurity in Haiti resulted in at least four dead and 19 wounded in various departments of the country, the Collective Defenders Plus denounced.

The organization that defends human rights criticized the murders that occurred in this capital and the city of Les Cayes (south), in addition to those injured in Port-au-Prince, Petit-Goâve (west), Jacmel (southeast) and Les Cayes from August 22 to 24.

This is a ‘lack of respect for the right to life and the right to demonstrate’, the organization said in a statement in which it denounced the abusive use of tear gas and cartridges by the Brigade de Lutte contre le Narcotrafic. This would have caused victims’, the platform affirmed.

Defenders Plus recalled that the right to demonstrate is recognized and protected by the Constitution and constitutes a freedom guaranteed by law that cannot be violated.

On Monday, at least one person was killed when armed groups in Delmas opened fire on the protest that gathered thousands of people.

The economist and interim president of the opposition, Fritz Jean, confirmed that the deceased belonged to the Esklav Revolte (Slave Revolt) organization and regretted that he died while claiming his rights to a better life.

Two other people perished in Les Cayes during the course of a mobilization on Tuesday, although the Police denied any involvement in the incident.

Protests against the high cost of living, marked insecurity due to gang activity and government management increased in recent days as gang violence escalates and the restart of the school year approaches.

 

Posted August 27, 2022