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Thousands in Haiti demand protection from criminal gangs amid worsen security condition

Several thousand people, many of them masked to conceal their identities, marched through the Haitian capital on Monday to demand protection from violent gangs looting residential areas in the capital Port- au-Prince and beyond.

“We want to be safe! chanted the crowd as they marched for two hours from the troubled community of Carrefour-Feuilles to the Champ de Mars in the city center and then to the prime minister’s official residence, where police dispersed the protest with hot water.

Protesters responded by burning tires and a state-owned vehicle.

Since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in 2021, experts say gangs have taken control of up to 80% of Port-au-Prince, killing, raping and terrorizing communities already suffering poverty situation.

According to the latest United Nations report, between January and March, more than 1,600 people were reported killed, injured or kidnapped, an increase of nearly 30% from the last three months of 2022.

Last October, Haiti’s prime minister and other senior officials called for the urgent deployment of an international force to help quell gang violence.

At the end of July, Kenya proposed the creation of a multinational police force, but the UN Security Council has yet to vote on a resolution to authorize non-UN international police mission.

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