The Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, insisted on Tuesday that he has not reached any economic agreement with the gangs, after last week a sort of criminal confederation known as “G9” will announce a truce until this Friday to allow the distribution of fuel, at a time when the country has been forced to close some institutions and services, including more than fifty hospitals.
“We do not give money to bandits,” the Haitian prime minister has settled, who has stressed that the authorities will continue to fight to guarantee order. “If criminals do not cease their actions, the full weight of the law will be applied to them.”
“The only option for criminals and all their backers is imprisonment or death”, has written Henry on his Twitter account, where he has also taken the opportunity to recognize the “titanic” effort that the Police are carrying out, especially with regard to guaranteeing the safety of the tanker trucks that supply fuel to the service stations.
Gang leader Jimmy Cherizier, aka “Barbecue”, a former policeman who managed to unite the nine most important gangs in Port-au-Prince, the capital, announced last Friday a truce so that drivers and carriers could start working.
“Hospitals, businesses, universities and embassies can buy fuel”, assured “Barbecue”, who attacked those who “squeeze” the resources of the State and ordered the population to use that week of armistice to “reflect” on the urgencies that the small Caribbean country is going through.
The announcement of this truce came at a time when the Haitian authorities had made important advances against the gangs, among them that of “400 Mawozo”, the same criminal gang that kidnapped fifteen missionaries from the United States and Canada ago. one month.
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 murders and kidnappings on a daily basis, especially in large areas of the capital. For five weeks now, gangs have taken control and blocked major fuel supply centers to pressure 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.