An intelligence report maintains that the attack by armed groups in Haiti was planned by senior police officers
According to a document leaked by the local press, the alleged masterminds of the assault that killed seven uniformed officers are two general inspectors and a commissioner division
Demonstrators argue with police officers outside the Haitian National Police General Directorate during a protest over the recent killings of police officers by armed gangs, in Port-au-Prince (REUTERS/Ralph Tedy Erol)
The attack perpetrated last week by armed groups in the Haitian town of Savien, in the Artibonite region, in which seven police officers were killed, it was supposedly planned in Port-au-Prince by three high-ranking officers of the Haitian National Police (PNH), according to local media reports this Monday.
This was revealed by a report from the Service Intelligence department forwarded to the Artibonite Departmental Directorate (DDA) of the Haitian National Police, according to local media.
The document was leaked to the local press and was even authenticated by the head of a police union, Lionel Lazarre.
These are three senior PNH officials, including two general inspectors and a division commissioner.
A coalition of gangs from Savien, Palmiste, Liancourt and the Canaan mercenaries, as well as a political organization, also participate in this attack, always according to what was revealed by the local media.
“Their main goal is to cause chaos in Artibonite, which would lead to the murder of the commander of the district of St. Marc and of the DDA by police officers”, reads the document.
It could also have the goal of inciting the Police against all the commanders of the Artibonite jurisdiction, physically assaulting the director of the DDA and using elements of social networks to guide opinion towards a failure of the institution.
Acts of violence grow in Haiti (REUTERS/Ralph Tedy Erol)
Following the murder of the seven officers on Wednesday, dozens of armed police officers attacked the private residence of the prime minister a day later Ariel Henry, who was not in the country, to repudiate the lack of action by the authorities in the face of the murder of agents by armed gangs, which caused tension and paralyzed activities in the nation that day and on Friday.
Last Friday, the National Police announced the launch of a new operation, dubbed “Tornado 1″, which seeks to provide a proportional response to the armed gangs< /b>that have become strongholds in the country and control much of Port-au-Prince and its surroundings. These groups have been terrorizing the population for months, including the Police, which has led many people to abandon their homes and flee.
For their part, The Caribbean Community (Caricom) urged the Haitian Police this Sunday to “safeguard peace and order and refrain from actions that could only serve to cause even greater damage to the country,” after violent protests by uniformed officers. /p>
In a statement, Caricom expressed its deep concern over the recent incidents, which show – it noted – “the seriousness of the challenges facing the Police, as well as a further collapse of security in Haiti”, country that is a member of the organization.
Haiti has been immersed in crisis and violence for years, a situation aggravated after the assassination in July 2021 of President Jovenel Moïse (2017- 2021) by alleged mercenaries, most of them Colombian, who broke into his private residence.
Last October, the government officially requested the dispatch of a foreign force, after which the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, proposed establishing a “rapid action force” made up of soldiers from one or several countries and not under the United Nations flag, an initiative that has not yet has been completed.
With information from EFE
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