Haiti – Social : 3rd day of demonstrations in Port-au-Prince


Yesterday a high tension prevailed for the third consecutive day in the streets of the capital where students seeking justice for their fellow Damaël D’Haïti, who died in the tragic incident of Saturday night at the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences. The zones of the Faculty of Humanities, of Law, Ethology and even Agronomy, were the scene of event. National Road #1, was blocked at the Ministry of Agriculture to Damien by students in agronomy. Until noon, students from several faculties demonstrated around their faculty, but around noon they invaded various streets of Port-au-Prince [inter alia : St-Honoré, Monseigneur Guilloux, Oswald Durant] and the area of the Champ de Mars, chanting slogans against the officials of the State and demanding the release of 3 of their comrades, arrested the day before following violent protests. A heavy police presence and of CIMO was visible on the site.

Students announced at a press conference that the mobilization movement would continue until justice is done. Josué Merilien, the Coordinator of the National Union of Haitian Normale (UNNOH) said in a press briefing that only police officers were responsible for the situation of NOH) said in a press briefing that only police officers were responsible for the situation Tuesday in Port-au-Prince, while calling for the immediate release of 3 students, he also stated that the mobilization would continue until justice is rendered. Me. Lucmane Délile, , the Government Commissioner, urged the demonstrators to calm, saying that the investigation will lead adding that it was important that the student protesters, avoid any infiltration or manipulation.

For his part, Godson Orélus, the Director General of the National Police of Haiti, Wednesday accused the students of “unjustified disorders […] The action of students is only intended to disturb public order, a behavior that the police will not tolerate in any way,” ensuring that the file was following its course at the level of justice. Concerning the use of tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse Tuesday the protesters, Mr. Orélus said it was a “proportional response […]”



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