Thousands of Haitians marched through the streets of Port-au-Prince on Monday, voicing their concerns about rising insecurity due to armed gangs.
Many of the protesters come from the once peaceful district of Carrefour-Feuilles, which has recently seen an upsurge in attacks by these groups aiming to control the area.
During the march, some participants erected barricades and expressed their frustration toward the government.
The march, which included a significant number of youths, started from Carrefour-Feuilles and aimed to reach the office of Prime Minister Ariel Henry.
Residents claim that these gangs have disrupted their lives, forcing many to abandon their homes.
A local shared with the EFE agency about a recent incident where a peacekeeping officer was killed.
Many feel let down by authorities, as police response to distress calls has been minimal.
The protesters showed their intent to stand up against these armed groups, not wanting to cede control of their homes.
“Many, including children and police officers, have been killed,” remarked one of the protesters.
He also highlighted the perceived disparity in living standards, with authorities enjoying luxury, while ordinary citizens grapple with extreme poverty.
The community urges authorities to bolster the police presence in Carrefour-Feuilles. This area is currently targeted by armed groups led by Ti Lapli and Izo.
If Carrefour-Feuilles falls under their control, these groups will have a strategic advantage, potentially influencing multiple districts in Port-au-Prince, making their movements throughout the city easier.