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Chaos Erupts as Armed Gangs Storm Haitian Prison, Releasing Thousands of Inmates

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Chaos Erupts As Armed Gangs Storm Haitian Prison, Releasing Thousands Of Inmates

Chaos and tragedy unfolded in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as armed gangs launched a daring attack on the main prison facility, the Pénitencier national, resulting in the escape of the majority of the nearly 4,000 detainees. The situation escalated rapidly, casting a dark shadow over the ongoing turmoil in the nation.

The prison housed a mix of individuals, including gang members implicated in the shocking assassination of former President Jovenel Moïse, compounding the gravity of the incident. The prison break is a stark reminder of the escalating violence and lawlessness plaguing the country, with criminal elements showing audacious disregard for authority.

Reports from Réseau national de défense des droits humains (RNDDH) confirmed the devastating loss of lives, with bodies of several inmates discovered in the vicinity of the prison grounds. The sheer scale of the escape, with only a fraction of detainees remaining on site, paints a harrowing picture of the state of security in the area.

In a perplexing turn of events, armed groups have targeted key locations in recent days, channeling their efforts towards the ousting of the embattled Prime Minister Ariel Henry. The surge in violence underscores the precarious situation in the country, marked by a power vacuum and a breakdown of law and order.

The daring assault on the Pénitencier national and the adjacent Croix des Bouquets prison prompted a response from Haiti’s National Police, as they engaged in a fierce battle against the well-armed criminal gangs. The government issued a stark warning against the brazen acts of violence and expressed determination to restore order and re-incarcerate the fugitives.

Notable figures like gang leader Barbecue spearheaded the coordinated attack, further exacerbating the crisis. The French Embassy issued cautionary advisories, highlighting the escalating violence and the risks posed to residents and visitors in the region.

Rachel Adams

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