The Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, asserted this Friday that he would mobilize the Armed Forces of the Caribbean country to help the National Police fight the gangs.
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During a visit to the military headquarters, Henry assured that “what we are experiencing today is not a joke” and stressed that he would use all the security forces of the nation to fight against the violence provoked by these increasingly violent groups.
“We will not be able to build the Haiti that we want with gangs that proliferate everywhere. They must come to their senses, or we will make them see reason in spite of themselves,” he said.
Ofisye, souzofisye, sòlda, èske nou pare pou nou met men nan batay sa a kont ensekirite ?
Èske nou pare pou nou travay lamen dan lamen ak fòs polis yo nan batay kont ensekirite a?
Èske nou pare pou nou sèvi peyi nou pandan n ap respekte dwa tout moun?#Ayiti pic.twitter.com/JOPyrumz9E
—Dr Ariel Henry (@DrArielHenry)
March 17, 2023
His statements come as Haitian authorities and United Nations (UN) officials who serve the Caribbean country are pressuring the international community to deploy a specialized foreign force and thus curb the violence.
Likewise, the worker of the press office of the Ministry of Defense of Haiti, Jean Robenson Servilius, declared that plans are already being worked on to mobilize these soldiers.
Robenson also specified that the Haitian Armed Forces currently have some 2,000 soldiers and more are being recruited, who have been trained by experts from Argentina, Mexico and Colombia.
That military organization was dissolved in 1995 for having participated in several coups d’état and other political interference. In 2017, then-President Jovenel Moïse reestablished them after the UN ended its peacekeeping operation.
Gangs currently control approximately 60 percent of Port-au-Prince (the capital) and have murdered, raped and kidnapped hundreds of people in their quest to control more territory following Moïse’s murder in 2021.