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US News overwhelmed by the kidnappings, Haiti stops

02:45  19 october  2021
02:45  19 october  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Les rues de Port-au-Prince, en Haïti, le 18 octobre 2021 © Richard Pierrin The streets of Port-au-Prince, in Haiti, October 18, 2021

The inhabitants of the Haitian capital expressed their anger on the Crime of the gangs they have been experiencing for months by massively observing the call for the general strike that had been launched to denounce the insecurity, illustrated on Saturday by the removal of 16 Americans and a Canadian.

Carte d'Haïti et données sur l'enlèvement de 17 personnes le 16 octobre © Staff Card of Haiti and removal data of 17 people on October 16th

"It's been months owned and we have no security against kidnappings, we have Launched a general appeal to the population to suspend any activity, "explains to the AFP Méhu Channel, President of the Homeowners' Association and Drivers of Haiti.

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"The bandits exceed the terminals: they kidnap, they violate the women, they do everything they want ... That's enough," denounces the unionist.

businesses, schools and administrations were closed on Monday in the Haitian capital whose streets were exceptionally deserted, found AFP journalists, but school activities were maintained in some provincial cities, according to local media.

Les rues de Port-au-Prince, en Haïti, le 18 octobre 2021 © Richard Pierrin The streets of Port-au-Prince, in Haiti, on October 18, 2021

of rare police vehicles circulated in Port-au-Prince on the main roads of the city where the calm reigned, and only one Barricade of inflamed tires was observed by a photographer of AFP.

"It's as if we did not live," said Germain Jozy Salvador, a young man of about twenty years encountered in the city center. "We can not continue, every day heard that it is a loved one, a friend or another person who is removed."

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launched last week, the call for the general strike has taken a particular echo after the removal of a group of missionaries and their families - 16 American citizens and a Canadian citizen - Saturday in a peri-urban area East of Port-au-Prince.

Perpetrated while foreign nationals had just visited an orphanage between the Haitian capital and the border with the Dominican Republic, this group's RAPT bears the signature of the gang called "400 Mawozo".

The army band has been controlling this part of the Haitian territory for months without the police remedy them.

Since Washington, the spokesperson for the State Department has confirmed on Monday the removal of these 17 people and mentioned, without providing clarification, the arrival of American investigators in the country.

"The small team that is now on the ground has been dispatched in Haiti to work closely with the Haitian authorities," said Ned Price, stating that the State Department was "in close contact with the families of people belonging of this group of missionaries ".

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In April, ten people including two French religious had been sequestered 20 days by the "400 Mawozo" in the same region.

solicited by AFP, the Haitian police did not wish to react.

- "absence of the state" -

Gangs, which for years control the poorest districts of the Haitian capital, have extended their power in recent years to Port-au-Prince and its surroundings, where they multiply the Crapular kidnappings.

For years, a deep political crisis paralyzes Haiti's economic development. The assassination, on July 7, President Jovenel Moses by an armed commando in his private residence plunged this poor country into uncertainty.

"Nature has hated emptiness so gangs benefit it to strengthen itself," says Gideon Jean, Director of the Human Rights Analysis and Research Center, based in Port-au-Prince, explaining the proliferation of gangs by " the absence of the state ".

Haiti is classified as a country in the United States, which advise against their nationals to get there, especially because of the many kidnappings including "victims include regular American citizens".

More than 600 abductions have been identified on the first three quarters of 2021 against 231 at the same period in 2020, according to the Center for Analysis and Research in Human Rights.

requiring ransoms sometimes exceeding the million dollars, gangs do not hesitate to claim decades of salary to families living below the poverty line.

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The daily life turns to the nightmare for Haitians, helpless against the gangs .
© AFP D Esabused Faced with the political chaos that has been prevailing for months, the Haitians have, since the beginning of the week, faced with a unbridled degradation of Their living conditions because of gangs that control access to petroleum terminals. "We are in the rationing of the water at home", panked Daphne Bourgoin, 42 years old.

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