In La Vallée-de-Jacmel last week, residents physically assaulted an artist because he looked unfamiliar in the commune, then handed him over to the police to lock him up, fellow artists said. Now, they want Fritz-Gérald Beltrey to be set free.
Members of the Coordination of Artists and Artisans of Bel Air (CAABEL) and Bel Art, both based in Bel Air, where Beltrey lives, began demanding his immediate release last week. Beltrey, 43, makes art using sequined discs or payèt in Kreyòl.
Residents of the town beat Fritz-Gérald Beltrey, then handed him over to the police because they believed he was in a gang.
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