Something was tried against me personally, affirmed the head of the Haitian government, which ensures, in fact, the management of the current affairs since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse by an armed commando, on July 7.
My life is in people’s sights, he added.
Clashes between police and armed groups erupted on Saturday during national day celebrations in Gonaïves, 150 km north of the capital, Port-au-Prince.
Under bursts of gunfire, Ariel Henry and the officials present were forced to hastily flee the city where Haiti’s declaration of independence was signed on 1er January 1804.
On photos sent to theAFP Through his office, a bullet hole is visible on the windshield of the Prime Minister’s armored vehicle.
At the end of December, groups of citizens and members of armed gangs in Gonaïves, Haiti’s third largest city, violently expressed their opposition to the arrival of the Prime Minister.
I knew I was taking this risk, confirmed Ariel Henry, reached by phone.
We cannot accept that bandits from whatever background they may be, for basely pecuniary reasons, want to blackmail the state., he added, denouncing a
The assassination six months ago of the Haitian president in his private residence amplified the deep political crisis in which the Caribbean country has been stuck for years.
Without a functioning Parliament for two years, and with a judicial power paralyzed by the lack of judges at the highest court in the country, the Haitian population faces daily the rise of gangs, which multiply villainous kidnappings with impunity.