The director general of the Haitian National Police (PNH), León Charles, confirmed the existence of at least 20 gangs operating in the capital: “they kill, demand ransom and kidnap people.”
The officer outlined the bleak panorama of the insecurity situation, and criticized those who use the gangs to protect their private businesses, while lamenting how the phenomenon is allowed in society.
“The bandits are accepted,” said the official and again asked for the support of the population to reverse the phenomenon.
Although he acknowledged the inefficiency of the police institution to restore the climate of peace, especially in the city of Port-au-Prince, he pointed out that only that body is not capable of providing lasting solutions, which is why it is essential that society as a whole takes an interest in it. problem, he assured.
Charles’s statements emerge after the open war that for more than 10 days sustained two of the main gangs in the capital for control of the Martissant area, located at the southern exit of Port-au-Prince.
The events forced 2,500 people to flee their homes and take refuge in public squares, churches or sports centers.
This Thursday, the United Nations representation in Haiti warned that women and children are the most affected, and confirmed that at least 446 infants and 582 women need urgent help.
In addition to the clashes between the gangs, eight policemen were killed in less than 24 hours, during the gang attacks on the Cité Soleil police stations at dawn on June 6, revealed the National Network in Defense of Human Rights.
This same organization highlighted in a report that 125 people died from last August to May of this year in only two neighborhoods of this city and blamed the government’s inaction.
(With information from Latin Press)