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Protests against insecurity in Haiti leave one dead and a burned plane

A protester was shot dead by the Police and an aircraft was set on fire after hundreds of people entered the airport on Tuesday. haitian city of Les Cayes (southwest) and caused damage to the terminal facilities.

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At the protest, dozens of protesters climbed on top of the fuselage and wings of a twin-engine plane, pushed it out of the airport and set it on fire.

One protester was shot dead after police officers fired shots and fired tear gas to try to disperse the rally.

The events at Les Cayes airport occurred in the context of a national day of mobilization, called by civil organizations to protest against insecurity and against the wave of kidnappings that the country is suffering.

In Les Cayes, activists were also protesting a recent increase in airport charges, which has made the cost of internal flights considerably more expensive.

The plane has practically become the only safe means of transport between Les Cayes and Port-au-Prince.

Hardly anyone dares to travel by road because an armed gang has been controlling the Martissant neighborhood for nearly a year, at the southern entrance to the capital.

At the airport protest, some of the protesters who boarded the plane waved a flag from Russia, a country that is supported by some sectors in Haiti to the detriment of the United States.

Some Haitians hold resentment against Washington as a result of the military invasion and occupation of Haiti (1915-1934) and blame the United States for the misery in which the Caribbean nation remains.

Meanwhile, in Port-au-Prince thousands of people gathered this Tuesday in a large demonstration to protest against insecurity, which has worsened following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July 2021.

Haiti has been going through a serious institutional, security and economic crisis since 2018, but the situation has deteriorated especially since the assassination of former President Jovenel Moïse in July 2021.

Source: Elcomercio

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