Haiti: Civilian Mobs Go on Lynching Spree, Burning over a Dozen Suspected Gang Members

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On Monday, the Haitian police declared that a cluster of alleged gang members was subdued by the inhabitants of the capital city, Port-au-Prince, and immediately killed by hanging and burning on the spot.

According to Gary Derosiers, the police representative, the police were ready to detain the armed gang members when an agitated group of citizens intervened, Breitbart News reported.

As per the statement, “The police discovered weapons and other gear while inspecting a minibus that had armed individuals. Regrettably, over twelve individuals aboard the vehicle were subjected to lynching by the population,”

According to Reuters, a group of enraged citizens surrounded “multiple bodies heaped on the street, with burning tires and various objects atop them.” One person, particularly outraged, assaulted the corpses with a blunt object.

According to witnesses cited by The Associated Press (AP), the mob battered 13 of the alleged gang members to death and set them ablaze using tires soaked in gasoline.

One video recording of the event, examined by the AP, exhibited police officers failing to shield the victims from the mob. In fact, one officer went so far as to step on a bandit to prevent him from rising before the mob could burn him.

Moreover, another set of witnesses reported that six additional gang members were bludgeoned to death in a distinct locality and then burned by the inhabitants.

Since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July 2021, gangsters and warlords have gained control of the majority of Haiti.

The government, led by the unelected successor Ariel Henry, governs only a few areas in Port-au-Prince. Additionally, gangs have plundered foreign aid initiatives and taken crucial infrastructure hostage.

The United Nations has urged international police and military action to stabilize Haiti, but no country is willing to send troops to the violent disorder, especially since Haitian civilians may resist foreign interventions viewed as supporting Henry’s administration.

Written by staff