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Police aggression against Haitian journalist denounced

Port-au-Prince, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) Yesterday, the digital platform Vant Bèf Info denounced the police aggression against the media journalist Pierre Daniel Lamartinière when he was covering the protests calling for the resignation of Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

“Despite being clearly identified as a journalist, Lamartinière was brutally assaulted by police officers. He was violently beaten several times with a communication radio, a truncheon, and other lethal weapons,” the online media deplored.

The officers’ behavior is unacceptable and constitutes a flagrant violation of fundamental rights and freedom of the press, the digital platform added.

It also called on the authorities to open a “thorough and impartial” investigation into the incident in order to identify and bring to justice those responsible for this “brutal attack.”

“It is imperative to put an end to impunity and guarantee the safety of journalists in the exercise of their duties,” they said.

The events occurred Thursday in the vicinity of the prime minister’s residence, where dozens of people gathered to demand his resignation after two years in power.

The demonstrators described Henry’s management as catastrophic, and pointed out that insecurity, hunger and economic crisis worsened under his administration.

Henry, a 73-year-old neurosurgeon, was appointed prime minister two days before the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, and upon taking office promised to create an inclusive consensus, hold elections, investigate the assassination and combat insecurity, however, none of the points have been materialized.


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