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Shootings, fires and destruction of buildings in Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) The Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, has still not presented his resignation letter and angry protesters today destroyed several premises and set them on fire.

In several locations in the Caribbean country, shots and bursts of automatic weapons can be heard, as was the case yesterday afternoon, and several people have already been reported injured and one lost his life.

The town hall, the peace court and the Haitian Red Cross were destroyed and then burned by protesters in the town of Juana Méndez, where a police station was attacked the day before. Several vehicles were consumed by flames.

Haitian authorities today reiterated the ban on carrying firearms in anti-government protests.

Any citizen caught with weapons of any caliber on public roads during the marches will be punished in accordance with the law.

The same will happen with those who choose violence, deliberately attacking the lives and property of others.

The Commissioner of the Government of Port-au-Prince, Edler Guillaume, recalled that the right to protest is guaranteed, but, he stressed, without firearms as prohibited by the Constitution.

Experts reiterate that Ariel Henry, Prime Minister of Haiti, must leave power today, and if he refuses, the country could descend into total chaos.

On December 21, 2022, an agreement was signed underlining that Henry would remain in office for 14 months, which he would hand over on February 7 of the current year.

This compels to form a new government, establish a Provisional Electoral Council and assume the organization of the next elections.

Given his silence on the matter and the absence of an attitude that pleased his detractors, opponents began to promote protests.

The revolts could reach their peak today, to the point that they force him to resign, an endeavor in which the disunited opposition has been working, calling for demonstrations that last from three to five days.

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