The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has expressed concern over the security breakdown in Haiti amid reports that police officers on Thursday blocked streets and forced their way into the country’s main airport to protest the recent killing of officers by armed gangs.
In a statement on Saturday, CARICOM said it was deeply concerned that the contrasting incidents involving the Haitian national Police indicate the severity of the challenges that the police face and further breakdown in security in Haiti.
“CARICOM strongly condemns the killing of police officers and expresses its condolences to the families of the officers who lost their lives in the line of duty,” the statement said.
“The anger and dismay of the Police at the gruesome killings of their colleagues, 78 killed since July 2021 and 14 to date this January, are shared by all,” the release stated.
However, it declared that abandoning the role of the security forces to protect every citizen and maintain public order further destabilises the country.
As a result, CARICOM observed that a the police actions against the Prime Minister cannot be condoned.
CARICOM urged the Haitian National Police members to safeguard peace and order and refrain from actions that could only serve to foster even greater damage to the country and its people.
Reuters, quoting witnesses, reported that protesters in civilian clothes who identified themselves as Police first attacked Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s official residence and then flooded the airport as Henry arrived from a trip to Argentina.
The Police have accused Henry of inaction amid attacks on officers.
The United Nations is considering sending troops to stabilise Haiti during its crisis.
Headline photo: Haiti protest – Stock image
Send the CARICOM security force over there to put peace . I guess it never occurred to the leaders to form a united force to quell uprisings in member states. Only talk but no action.
Caricom never cared about Haiti
Sorry to say, when you behave that way from long before Papa Doc and Baby Doc his son, with your Voodoo Black Magic and Obiah, no one gives a damn about you. This behavior is not a yesterday stuff, its been a historical thing with this sorry Nation. N.B. do not judge every Haitian with what you see in the Media. I have worked side by side with a few and notwithstanding very well qualified and educated gentlemen, some in high positions; yet in our conversations I couldn’t help asking about the Voodoo cult; not one ever condemn it as being evil, but dressed it up as something carried over from Africa, but can be used with evil intent and today is mixed with Roman Catholicism – which in fact is Obiah – the devil will always find a way to smear that which is Holy for their own good. For many years our ancestors in their ignorance fell for such; yet today only a few still hang on, due to lac of knowledge in Holy Scripture; some will openly say that there is no God. Haiti will never change; the Country was long ago sold to the evil one, and now reaping sour grapes. No amount of Policing or food or the ‘Red Cross’ can help; the inherent evil can only be cast out by ‘The Holy Spirit’ & the long awaited time is nearer than you think. What Ukraine, worst yet watch China, to a less extent watch North Korea;
WAKE UP WATCH – WATCH ISRAEL Vs IRAN – THE WORLD WILL BE SORRY.
Caricom….lol what a funny joke. Best we send thoughts and prayers.