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Haiti: Police Brutalize Protesters of Arriving U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft



Demonstrators who consider United States diplomats in Haiti agents of chaos were brutalized by officers of the National Police of Haiti (PNH) on Wednesday morning ahead of the arrival of a delegation led by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft.

One young man showing signs of severe trauma to the mouth, covered in blood and missing teeth, said he and others had begun their sit-in demonstration on Marie Gate Road, adjacent the Toussaint Louverture International Airport. Police traveling in vehicle number 01-01242 had begun to assault and brutalize the protesters.

According to the victims, the police pulled up firing automatic weapons in the air, forcing them to the ground. While on the ground, the officers began to be beat, kick and batter with their weapons the demonstrators.

These demonstrators, along with an overwhelming majority of Haitians from various sectors of society, are calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse and vehemently reject the United States' long held policy of racism and chaos in Haiti.

Currently it is only the United States that is steadfastly supporting Jovenel Moïse who is facing accusations of crimes against humanity for state-sponsored massacres against his own people. Mr. Moïse has also been charged with financial crimes, including fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, of hundreds of millions of dollars meant for the country's development. In recent weeks, Amnesty International has reported that the Haitian government is engaging in excessive use of force and repression against protesters.

The Haitian National Police are funded and trained by the United States and continue to take orders directly from the U.S. Embassy and Ambassador in Haiti. The embassy continues to inject itself in Haiti's internal affairs demanding dialogue be held with President Jovenel Moïse who has become very intolerable.

According to a U.S. Embassy note on Tuesday, Ms. Craft is expected in Haiti to meet with President Jovenel Moïse and "a representative sample of Haiti's political and economic leaders to encourage urgent measures to form a government..." None of the key personalities of Haiti's political class have confirmed with The Haiti Sentinel that they would be meeting with Craft.