Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Repression? Police Stomp Poor Man after Election Results

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Haiti Sentinel

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – [UPDATED] The shocking video showing a poor young man unconscious and stomped by the Haitian National Police (PNH), under the direction of Godson Orelus, is of a suspect believed to have taken part in the shooting of a police officer, according to sources.

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Young man stomped by police sits to the left of two suspects. The three are alleged to have gunned down a police officer.

According to information in circulation, after the officer was shot in cold blood in the street, locals in the area gave descriptions of three assailants, including the young man, who police say fit the description.

The clip does appear to show that more than the necessary force needed to apprehend the suspect was used. It should be reminded that Haiti, as law is concerned, suspects should be considered innocent until proven guilty.

The video published by the Fanmi Lalavals West Departmental Coordination page comes at a time of unsettling repression following the release of results of an October 25, 2015 vote.

The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) of Pierre Louis Opont said no one has the right to protest after results are released. Still many have taken to the streets.

Non violent protests on November 6, 2015 ended with tear gas. Haitians have expressed their disapproval of the use of potent chemical agents to disperse non-violent demonstrators.

It is often in the chaos that ensues following police action that vandalism and violence takes place.

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