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Leader for Unpaid Gov't Workers Shot and Killed in Drive-by. Police Blamed

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Witnesses say Rigueur Pierre Richard was killed in a drive-by shooting. He was two blocks from the National Palace. On social media some are saying the assailants were in police uniform.

Two other people were injured in the attack. The drive-by took place on the sidelines of nationwide protests for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise and against a severe fuel shortage.

Rigueur Pierre Richard was an employee for the Ouest Departmental Delegation (DDO) and was known for leading protests and work stoppages for the state employees owed wages, some as much as two years in the arrears.

It is important to note that the Departmental Delegate of the Ouest, who runs the DDO office, is Joseph Pierre Richard Duplan. Duplan is cited in multiple investigative reports, including one conducted by the United Nations, for having coordinated the November 2018 massacre of the residents of the underpriviledged district of La Saline.

President Jovenel Moise, who appointed Pierre Richard Duplan and another government official involved, Fednel Moncherry, has not spoken on the attack much less taken any action on it.

The U.N. human rights division reported that in the La Saline massacre 23 were killed and 71 were wounded. It added that government officials used street gangs and specialized police force units to lay seige on the community of La Saline for two and a half days.

At nearby police stations, the screams and gunfire could be heard by no other officers responded. The residents were killed, raped and wounded. Mr. Duplan was witnessed on the scene and is said to have ordered the massacre because that community was paramount in launching protests against corruption of the Petrocaribe fund.

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