The armed gangs of Haiti have Dominicans in their ranks

Port-au-Prince (EFE).- Citizens of the Dominican Republic, among other Latin American nationalities, are part of the armed gangs that have spread terror in Haiti for months, mainly in the country’s capital, in their struggles for control of the territory.

This follows from the statement of the Dominican Molaï Ortiz Mieses before the Haitian National Police, who this Wednesday published on his Facebook page excerpts from the interrogation that followed his arrest in Port-au-Prince last May.

“There are many Dominicans who are part of the armed gangs that currently operate in Haiti,” Ortiz Mieses said in his statement, during which he made “shocking and devastating” revelations, according to the institution of order, which continues to interrogate him.

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After being arrested several times in the Dominican Republic for various crimes, Ortiz Mieses arrived in Haiti ten years ago and joined the gang of Carlos Petit-Homme, alias “Ti Makak”, based in a neighborhood of Pétion-Ville , in the capital, and of which he became the third chief.

DOMINICAN GANG MEN

Ortiz Mieses confessed to having participated in the murder of division inspector Dan Jerry Toussaint on January 1, 2022, during an assault on the Thomassin sub-police station, in Laboule 12, Fessard area, by at least eight members of the gang ” Ti Makak”, heavily armed with rifles.

The inspector was shot in the head and another in the neck during that action, in which several of his acolytes participated, whom Ortiz Mieses identified, including another Dominican named “Joselito.”

He also revealed that each group of gangs has Dominican citizens in their ranks, citing, as an example, the Izo gang “5 Seconds” in Village de Dieu, one of the armed groups that have direct connections with Dominicans, according to his testimony.

A PLAUSIBLE HYPOTHESIS

The executive director of the Center for Analysis and Research on Human Rights (CARDH), Gédéon Jean, sees plausible the theory that Dominican citizens are part of the gangs, according to statements made to Efe.

“Some of the kidnapped say they hear people speaking Spanish in the places where they are kidnapped, which makes us think of the Dominicans,” he said, citing the case of the powerful armed group 400 Mawozo in relation to its position in the areas. leading to the borders with the Dominican Republic.

The gangs branch out, get foreign financing, transform, create branches everywhere and, “because of the way kidnappings are organized on the ground, it is impossible that there are not Dominicans there. There are Dominicans and other foreigners,” added Gédéon Jean.

DEPORTED CITIZENS AND FOREIGN MERCENARIES

Armed groups in Haiti also recruit citizens who are deported, mainly from the United States, who cannot integrate into society in a country that lacks reception structures, and “when they do not form their own armed gang, they join armed groups ”, Gédéon Jean revealed.

In addition, and although there is no official confirmation in this regard, according to the director of CARDH, the members of the gangs led by Izo and Ti Lapli would be receiving training by Latin American mercenaries who arrived in Haiti expressly for that purpose.

“They have foreigners who come to train them,” they teach them the handling of weapons and vehicles, military tactics and technology management, Gédéon Jean theorized as an explanation for the actions carried out by armed gangs and the organization of the kidnapping industry. , which brings them a lot of money.

Gangs branch out, get foreign funding, transform, set up branches everywhere

Kidnapping “facilitates the rapid execution of other criminal operations such as drug, arms, ammunition and human trafficking”, so that the gangs have improved their strategies to carry them out with the help of these mercenaries, as was already the case in the 90s.

Haiti is going through a serious crisis that was exacerbated by the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July 2021, which was followed by an earthquake that devastated the southern region of the country, to which is added the rise of gangs that various organizations number between 150 and 200 armed groups that kill, rape, kidnap and prevent the free movement of people.

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