Haitian Police Admit Gangs Have Taken Over Port-au-Prince

Posted: February 23, 2010 in Haiti, Politics
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From the article:

The gangsters have stepped into the law and order vacuum, notably in the sprawling shanty town of Cite Soleil which they dominated before being locked up following police operations supported by United Nations troops over the last three years.

“Even as we are digging bodies out of buildings, they are trying to attack our officers,” said Aristide Rosemond a Cite Soleil police inspector.

The Haitian authorities, already weak and reliant on UN forces, are now crippled by heavy casualties and widespread destruction of infrastructure while international peacekeepers are focused on disaster relief.

Jean-Max Bellerive, Haiti’s prime minister, has despaired of the state’s ability to tackle a new post-earthquake crime wave sweeping his country’s devastated capital.

“The problem is they have weapons so we cannot send the population or just any policemen to capture them,” he said.

The morale and strength of Haiti’s police has been severely reduced by the loss of experienced officers, killed or injured, leaving recently trained recruits to hold the line.

“We do not have the capacity to fix this situation. Haiti needs help. The Americans are welcome here. But where are they? We need them here on the street with us,” said Dorsainvil Robenson, a police officer.

Police officers, whose limited success against slum gang lords has been based on the support of armoured UN troops, have now effectively given up by appealing to local vigilantes to take the law into their own hands.

“If you don’t kill the criminals, they will all come back,” Haitian police officers announce over loudspeakers from heavily armed checkpoints in the slum area.

Wow, I didn’t think it was this bad.

I have heard of gangs roaming around the city with guns and machetes but not that they where actually in control of parts of the city.

This needs to be crushed as soon as possible if Haiti is ever going to be a somewhat stable county again.

Original site.

WOG out.

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