Terror on the streets of Haiti: Hundreds of prisoners escape from jail

Hundreds of prisoners escaped from the National Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, after clashes broke out on Saturday, according to a law enforcement source.

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Nearly 3,000 prisoners have escaped from the National Prison in the capital Port-au-Prince as violence escalates in Haiti, according to security sources.

One of Haiti’s Police Unions has demanded that all officers in the capital be given access to cars and weapons to help police in their fight to maintain control of the prison.

The statement warned that if the attackers succeed, “we are finished”.

According to the statement, everyone living in the capital is in great danger because 3,000 extra “thugs” are roaming the streets.

Multiple security sources in Port-au-Prince said there has been an unprecedented increase in violence in recent years, targeting police stations, the international airport and the National Penitentiary.

Haitian gang leader Jimmy Cherizier, also known as “Barbecue”, has vowed to continue his efforts to oust Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

“We ask the Haitian National Police and the army to take responsibility and arrest Ariel Henry. Once again, the population is not our enemy; the armed groups are not your enemy. Arrest Ariel Henry for the liberation of the country. With these weapons we will liberate the country and these weapons will change the country.”

A Haitian law enforcement source told CNN that mobs have attacked multiple police stations in the city since Thursday, killing at least four people and burning some police stations.


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