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Protesters ransack town hall, set fire in Gonaïves

Residents walking near the smoke of a fire protesters set in Gonaïves on Feb. 11, 2021. Photo credit: Vant Bèf Info

Protesters set a vehicle and a generator on fire near the Court of First Instance in Gonaïves and ransacked the town hall. Part of the building of a law firm also caught on fire on Thursday.

No deaths or injuries were reported.

Residents were protesting to demand President Jovenel Moïse to leave office. Contrary to initial reports, protesters didn’t set the town hall on fire, they attempted to but police officers intervened. Source

Police to investigate fellow officers’ attack on reporters 

Garry Desrosiers, the Haitian National Police’s spokesperson, during a press conference on Feb. 11, 2021. Photo credit: Juno7

The Haitian National Police announced that it will investigate recent attacks by fellow officers on reporters during protests, spokesperson Garry Desrosiers said in a press conference on Thursday. 

Video shows tear gas coming out of the back of a pick-up truck where reporters were on Wednesday. Two of them were left injured.

Reporters protested in January to end police brutality against them. Source

USAID gives $6.5 million for solar power station

USAID donated $6.5 million for the construction of a solar power station in Caracol’s industrial park. USAID Images

USAID announced that they have donated $6.5 million for the construction of a solar power station in Caracol’s industrial park, a commune in the Northeastern Department.

The solar panel will reduce the cost of electricity. About 14,000 residential customers in the surrounding communities will benefit from the solar panel power station.

USAID partnered with the Inter-American Development Bank (IBD) to provide the donation. Source

Onz Chery

Onz Chery

A City College of New York graduate, Onz Chery covers politics, health, crime and other topics for The Haitian Times. He previously wrote for Elite Sports New York and the Cosmopolitan Soccer League. Chery can be contacted by email at [email protected] or on twitter @onz_11.
Onz Chery
Feb. 12, 2021

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