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Gang leader for barbecue orders Chaos in Haiti: swearing-in of CPT postponed

  • Haitian gangs increase violence as they hope to block the inauguration of the ruling council

The criminal gangs of the Haitian coalition have decided to step up violence in an attempt to prevent the newly appointed Transitional Presidential Council (CPT) from coming to power, amid fears that the political and socio-economic crisis French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will continue to haunt. ) country.

The nine-member CPT, including two with observer status, was recently appointed, but its members have so far failed to be sworn in and take on official responsibilities due to continued attacks on the presidential palace by heavily armed gangs who want to take over the facility, where special police combat units are resisting.

Media reports in Port of Au Prince said on Tuesday that CPT members will likely decide on the date and location of the CPT installation later today.

The reports quoted sources as saying the installation could take place at the National Palace on Wednesday.

It is heard that feared gang leader Jimmy Cherisier, alias Barbecue, spoke to his accomplices at the scene and ordered them to burn down entire areas and chase and execute people indiscriminately.

‘Riddle them with bullets! Continue burning houses, you don’t need to know who owns the houses! Just set them on fire,” Barbecue said as he communicated with one of his goons.

“Make sure you force everyone to flee their homes. Light them all on fire!”, Barbecue insisted, as his accomplice confirmed that he had just committed the crime.

“Yes, chief! I set them on fire,” the man, whose name was not revealed, said on the voice call.

Barbecue has repeatedly threatened to attack members of the special police units he called in during an impromptu protest organized by armed men in the Bel-Air slum, overlooking the Champ de Mars area where the presidential palace is located.

Meanwhile, negotiations continue between various political groups, civil society organizations and outgoing officials to install the CPT, which sources close to the discussions said could take place before the end of the week.

Last week, seven people, including one police officer, were killed by gangs in the Carrefour district, bordering the capital Port-au-Prince. Gang members took several weapons and other equipment from the Haitian police.

Carrefour Mayor Jude Edouard Pierre told the Haitian-Caribbean News Network (HCNN) that gang members also planned to take several police officers, but ultimately, out of pity, the criminals, who had threatened to kill them, had decided to kill them a chance to live.

“We condemned with the utmost energy the criminal attack by about 200 heavily armed bandits on the Omega Police Station in Carrefour. We mourned the police officer and the other victims of the attack,” Mayor Pierre said.

“In any case, we would like to thank them because there are police officers who were taken hostage and whom they wanted to execute, but did not kill those police officers.

“For all we know, it could actually have been worse; rumors spread of a massacre; Thank God what we feared did not happen,” Pierre said, adding “we ask the armed gangs to give Carrefour a chance.”

Pierre said that when the bandits invaded the police station, “police officers had to flee, not because they were cowards, but because, when they realized the superior firepower on the side of the gangs, they had to choose to flee for their lives.”

According to the United Nations, more than 2,500 people were killed or injured as a result of gang violence in the first quarter of 2024.

A US military plane – which landed in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday – brought non-lethal equipment for the country’s security forces.

The airport has been closed since March 4 this year and the ports are out of service in an area almost entirely controlled by gangs.

The United Nations said Tuesday that its humanitarian counterparts say procuring essential supplies, including food and medicine, is becoming increasingly challenging – with the international airport closed, major ports barely functioning and roads leading to the capital blocked.

“Fuel availability has also become an urgent issue as black market prices soar and transport costs rise,” the UN spokesperson added.