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Haitian criminal leader Jimmy Chérisier vows to overthrow Prime Minister Ariel Henry

‘Barbecue’ announces a coalition of criminal gangs at the beginning of a “revolution” against the Government

Haitian criminal leader Jimmy Chérisier, alias ‘Barbecue’, has vowed to do everything in his power to overthrow the country’s prime minister, Ariel Henry, in an impromptu press conference amid 48 hours of an even bigger surge. of violence in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

The city was the scene of barricades and bonfires on Friday after the attack on Thursday that left four police officers dead in the Bon Repo district identified as Marion Junior, chief inspector; Pierre Luciana, Jean Baptiste Guilliamson and Pautrace Resule, promotion agents.

In statements to the media reported by the ‘Haiti Gazette’ portal at the end of that day, Chérisier also set as targets the Minister of Planning, Ricard Pierre, and the commander of the Haitian Police, Frantz Elbé, in what he described as the beginning of a “revolution” carried out by the coalition of criminal gangs known as Viv Ansanm (Living Together).

“On behalf of the different armed groups in the country, we announce the Viv Ansanm coalition. Today, February 29, 2024, we launch the battle that must overthrow the Prime Minister and his government, this is our first objective,” he said on Thursday. .

“I thus declare open the search for ministers and the general director of the Haitian National Police, Frantz Elbé. The Haitian people must be liberated. We will do it with our weapons, because all the armed groups in the country, in the provinces and in Port-au-Prince , they are more united than ever,” he said.

The announcement took place before the governments of Kenya and Haiti ratified this Friday in Nairobi an agreement to send a thousand troops from the African country’s security forces to the troubled Caribbean island, as part of a multinational plan supported by United Nations to try to restore security.

Several other countries have submitted their commitment to participate in this multinational security mission, including Benin, Chad, Bangladesh, Barbados and the Bahamas.

The situation in Haiti has worsened in recent years, after the 2021 assassination of the president, Jovenel Moise, to the point that insecurity and generalized violence have been established throughout the country, especially in the capital, where Several international humanitarian organizations and organizations had to leave.

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