The gang leader, Jimmy Cherizier, alias ‘Barbecue’, has announced this Friday a truce until November 18 with the Government of Haiti to allow the distribution of fuel, at a time when the country has been forced to close to some institutions and services, including more than fifty hospitals.
‘Barbecue’, a former policeman who managed to unite the nine most important gangs in Port-au-Prince, the capital, under a sort of criminal confederation known as ‘G9’ or ‘La Familia’, has announced that starting this Friday the trucks tanker can be supplied “without worry”.
“Drivers and transporters can start working. Hospitals, businesses, universities and embassies can buy fuel,” said ‘Barbecue’, who has once again insisted that the actions they are carrying out seek to lift Haiti out of poverty.
In a speech transmitted by social networks, ‘Barbecue’ has attacked the sectors that “squeeze” the country’s resources and has put on the table of the Haitian Government nine demands, including the reopening of all service stations with prices for pre-crisis fuel.
‘Barbecue’ has also asked the Haitian population to “reflect” on the urgencies that the small Caribbean country is going through during the week that the truce is scheduled to last.
Since the assassination of the president, Jovenel Moise, on July 7, the always turbulent political and economic situation that Haiti has been going through for years has been a little more affected.
Soon the power vacuum degenerated into a security crisis, with daily murders and kidnappings, especially in large areas of the capital. For five weeks now, gangs have taken control and blocked major fuel supply centers to pressure Prime Minister Ariel Henry to resign.
The lack of fuel has led to the closure of at least fifty medical centers and hospitals throughout the country, as well as other basic public and private services.