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Haiti: Gangs maintain insecurity and reject foreign forces

Port-au-Prince, May 13 (Prensa Latina) Faced with the imminent arrival of a foreign force in Haiti, a gang member said, ‘we are waiting for the whites,’ a defiant phrase that dashes on Monday the illusion of the safe resumption of commercial flights here.

The criminal was celebrating with his cronies the seizure of another police station in the town of Gressier on Monday when the head of the Haitian National Police insisted that such a level of security had been reached that the Toussaint Louverture International Airport would gradually resume operations.

The bandits set fire to the house of a mayor who was an adviser in Gressier, and then filmed videos of them shouting ‘the city is ours,’ while one thug said, ‘I am the one who will run the police station,’ the daily Le Nouvelliste reported in its weekend review.

The seizure of Gressier by the Grand Ravine bandits, part of a coalition of gangs called Viv Ansanm, came hours after a series of simultaneous riots by these criminals and hundreds of members of the population of the neighborhoods they control.

They are all opposed to the deployment of the multinational mission to support the Haitian National Police, which they consider a new occupation by the United States, which intervened militarily in 1915. Lately, the leader of the armed gang alliance Viv Ansanm, Jimmy Cherizier, alias Barbecue, stressed that his coalition would fight a battle to free Haiti from the clutches of traditional politicians and corrupt oligarchs.

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