Police in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, rioted on Thursday because they believe the government is not doing enough to stop criminal gangs from killing officers.
Following many attacks on police stations in 2023, fourteen cops have died, including seven in a gunfight on Wednesday.
According to the national police, two officers are seriously injured, and one is missing.
According to BBC News, during the outburst on Thursday, some 100 cops destroyed vehicles, set fire to them, erected barricades, and attempted to break into the prime minister’s house.
The irrational police, according to local media outlet Vant Bef Info, went to the airport where Prime Minister Ariel Henry was landing after attending a meeting in Argentina since the residence was unoccupied.
The police broke windows, but Henry managed to get away. After President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in 2021, he became the dominant figure.
No nation has offered to send soldiers, despite Henry’s request for the UN to organize a military coalition to assist.
According to UN and Haitian human rights organizations, criminal gangs are responsible for up to 60% of the nation’s capital.
Meanwhile, many others in the city believe the figure to be far higher. A gang took control of a significant fuel station last September, blocking the flow of water and medicine during a cholera outbreak.
One of the most significant gangs in the city, Gan Grif, shared videos of dead bodies and “two masked individuals who are smoking cigarettes from the mutilated hands and feet of the murdered men” earlier this week on social media.