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State of emergency in Haiti after mass escape from prison – Dagsavisen

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State of emergency in Haiti after mass escape from prison – Dagsavisen

The state of emergency came into force on Sunday evening local time. Haiti’s hard-pressed government promises to find the escaped prisoners and regain control of the situation.

– The police have been ordered to use all legal means at their disposal to enforce the curfew and arrest all perpetrators, says Finance Minister Patrick Boivert in a statement.

Boivert has been acting head of government in recent days, while Prime Minister Ariel Henry has been in Kenya to secure support for a UN-backed international police force in Haiti.

Attacks stepped up

In recent weeks, Haiti’s powerful criminal gangs have stepped up attacks on state institutions.

The country’s two largest prisons were attacked by gang members on Saturday evening. In the national prison in the capital Port-Au-Prince, there were around 4,000 prisoners, and only a few remained after the attack, according to the AP news agency.

In addition to many fleeing, other prisoners are said to have been killed. A reporter from the AFP news agency saw around a dozen dead people outside the prison the next day.

Another prison in the capital was also attacked, but it is unclear how many have fled here.

Demands Henry’s resignation

Haiti has been characterized by unrest for a number of years, and armed gangs have taken control of large parts of the country with the help of brutal violence. The UN estimates that the gangs control up to 80 percent of Port-au-Prince.

Gang leader Jimmy Cherisier – who previously worked in the police’s elite force – claims the gangs are now working together to force Prime Minister Henry to resign. This is allegedly the reason why attacks have been stepped up.

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Henry has led the country since President Jovenel Moise was killed in 2021. Elections have not been held since 2016, and plans for elections for a new president and national assembly have been repeatedly postponed.

In addition to the prison attacks, one person has been held hostage at the country’s most important football arena. Last week, gang members opened fire at Haiti’s international airport.

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