Screenshot of a video circulating on whatsapp showing Pastor Marc Aurel Zidor, known as Pastor Marco, speaking to the press in Lilavois, Haiti, on Saturday, August 26, 2023.

PORT-AU-PRINCE — The Haitian authorities say they have closed the evangelical church and suspended the operating license of the pastor behind the march against a local gang that claimed the lives of numerous worshipers shot dead.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Religious Affairs (MAE) said in a Aug. 30 note that the Church Église Evangélique Piscine de Bethesda is temporarily closed pending ongoing legal proceedings. Officials, including Minister Jean Victor Généus, say they made the decision to avoid further possible clashes and after hearing from  the families of the victims — whose official count authorities still have not released — demanding justice and reparations from those responsible. 


After news of the Port-au-Prince evangelical church’s closure, some Haitians are calling for the arrest of the Canaan gang leader.

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I am Juhakenson Blaise, a journalist based in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I cover the news that develops in this city and deals with other subjects related to the experience of Haitians for the Haitian Times newspaper. I am also a lover of poetry.