Insecurity killed another 50 people in Haiti's capital
6 de agosto de 2020, 15:35Port-au-Prince, Aug 6 (Prensa Latina) At least 50 people were killed in July in Cite Soleil, a capital's neighborhood controlled by armed gangs, the Haitian National Network in Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH) denounced today.
After a few months of truce due to the Covid-19 scourge, insecurity is growing exponentially again in the country, especially in Port-au-Prince, where kidnappings, revenge deaths, assaults and other crimes increased, humanitarian platforms said.
According to the RNDDH balance, which highlights the alleged alliances between gang groups and politicians, during the same period another 30 people disappeared, and 15 women were raped in the commune located in the northern exit of the city.
Also in Cite Soleil in mid-July, gang clashes killed an eight-month-old girl, an act that President Jovenel Moïse criticized and promised rigorous measures against the culprits.
Renan Hedouville, coordinator of the Citizen Protection Office, suggested that the bandits feel supported. 'They are protected by certain authorities while the population is not,' he regretted.
Yesterday, during a council of ministers, the president asked for zero tolerance of crime and gave instructions to restore general and road safety.
'Peace is not a speech. Peace is not a theoretical debate. Peace must be a concrete reality. And the law must be enforced at all costs,' said Minister of Communication and Culture Pradel Henriquez.
According to the Episcopal Peace and Justice Commission, from January to July, 243 people died violently in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, including 20 children who 'were beheaded and burned so that their identity would not be discovered,' they said.
Another 200 people were killed by gangs in the rest of the country, Defender Plus said, in addition to kidnappings, summary executions, arson and retaliation.
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