Suspected members of the “400 Mawozo” gang and the Thomazeau police station on fire on October 4, 2023. Photo credit Synapoha.

PORT-AU-PRINCE—Suspected gang members in Haiti attacked and then set fire to two Haitian National Police (PNH) stations over the past two weeks, demonstrating their power against the law enforcement in the country.

For a week, the "400 Mawozo" gang has been raising arms against the town of Thomazeau, located next to the town of Croix-des-Bouquets already under its control. After several attacks, the armed bandits led by Wilson "Lanmò san jou" Joseph set fire to the Thomazeau station on Oct. 4. Another attack occurred in Saut-d’Eau on Sept. 22, triggering a lynching counterattack by residents.

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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.