PortauPrince-Civilian protesters and police marched through Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on Thursday to demonstrate against a slew of killings of police officers by armed gangs in worsening violence in the Caribbean nation.
Streets were blocked with barricades the day after gangs, who control much of Haiti and regularly kidnap people for ransom, attacked police headquarters in Liancourt, a town in the north of Haiti, killing six officers. The protesters tried to storm the offices of Prime Minister Ariel Henry and ran onto the runway of Toussaint Louverture International Airport, disrupting air traffic. Schools were shut down for the day. On Wednesday, two officers were killed by attackers before four others were dragged outside the police station and “executed,” police commissioner Jean Bruce Myrtil told local radio.
US officials “condemn the gang violence that killed several Haitian National Police officers & call for calm amid ongoing protests,” the assistant US secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Brian Nichols, said on Twitter.
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