Funeral of slain Haitian president evacuated by gunfire

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  • LAST MINUTE: Violence didn’t stop even because of the moving funeral.
  • Several shots were reported at the funeral of slain Haitian president.
  • Screams and chaos took over the place.

Haitian President’s funeral evacuated by gunfire. The body of slain Haitian President Jovenel Moïse returned to his hometown on Friday for a private funeral with heavy security after a series of violent protests, reports The Associated Press.

Fear plagues the Caribbean nation after the murder of Jovenel Moïse. The former first lady and his widow, Martine Moïse, arrived between shouts of “Justice, justice!”, and went directly to the coffin, according to AP. With her right arm in a sling, she rested her left arm on the coffin.

Emotional funeral of the president of Haiti turns into chaos

Emotional funeral of the president of Haiti turns into chaos
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Afterwards, he took it to his heart, always in silence. Her eyes filled with tears as her three children approached. Moments later, a group of supporters snatched up a large portrait of the President of Haiti and paraded with him as a police band sang the national anthem.

In the middle of the funeral of the president of Haiti sobbing could be heard. At the beginning of the ceremony, hundreds of protesters collided with the police in front of the private residence. Shots rang out, and clouds of tear gas covered the event.

Funeral of the president of Haiti in the heat of wave of violence

Funeral of the president of Haiti in the heat of wave of violence
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Black smoke spread over people at the funeral of the President of Haiti. The shouts of the protesters drowned out the speeches of priests. Previously, cries of “murderer!” when the head of the National Police, Léon Charles, arrived, says AP.

Haitians in dark clothes and white formal dresses shouted and pointed fingers at the stands occupied by Haitian officials and foreign dignitaries. A supporter of Jovenel Moïse threatened Léon Charles.

“Go now or we’ll catch you after the funeral!”

New Prime Minister Ariel Henry was greeted with chants of "Justice for Jovenel!"
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“Go now or we’ll catch you after the funeral!” The supporter said according to the AP. New Prime Minister Ariel Henry was greeted with chants of “Justice for Jovenel!” White T-shirts and caps bearing his image were distributed to his followers.

The funeral of the president of Haiti is supposed to be the last honors for Moïse, who was shot and killed during an attack on his private home on July 7 and where his wife was seriously injured, recalls The Associated Press.

Present at the funeral of the heavily armed president of Haiti

Present at the funeral of the heavily armed president of Haiti
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Moïse’s body arrived shortly after dawn at her family’s seaside estate where the funeral was held. Six officials carried the coffin to a stage, bowed, and remained silent for several minutes before covering it with a large red-and-blue Haitian flag.

The funeral comes days after a new prime minister, backed by key international diplomats, took command of the country, a move apparently aimed at avoiding a power struggle in the wake of Moïse’s assassination, the AP notes.

Violence after the brutal murder

Violence after the brutal murder
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Ariel Henry, who had been appointed Prime Minister by Moïse before his assassination but was never sworn in, replaced Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph and has pledged to form an interim consensus government pending elections. .

On Thursday, violent protests shook Cape Haitian neighborhoods as groups of men fired shots into the air and blocked some roads with burning tires. A heavily guarded police convoy carrying unidentified officials nearly capsized.

Police continue to search for more suspects in the murder

Police continue to search for more suspects in the murder
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The above, after crossing one of the barricades. Jovenel Moïse became president of Haiti in February 2017 and in recent years has received increasing criticism from those who accused him of being increasingly authoritarian. He had been governing by decree for more than a year, points out AP.

The above, after the country failed to hold legislative elections. Authorities said they have arrested at least 26 suspects in the killing, including 18 former Colombian soldiers. Police continue to search for more suspects who they believe were involved in the plot for the assassination, including a former rebel leader and a former senator.

“Too much blood is being shed”

Father Jean-Gilles Sem spoke to dozens of people wearing white T-shirts decorated with Moïse's portrait
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“Too much blood is being shed” in Haiti, a priest said Thursday at a pre-funeral mass in honor of the slain Haitian president, Jovenel Moïse, and authorities expressed fear of further violence, the AP said.

Father Jean-Gilles Sem spoke to dozens of people wearing white T-shirts decorated with Moïse’s portrait. “The murders and kidnappings must stop,” he said, highlighting that poor populations are the most affected. “We are tired”.

Mass in honor of the president of Haiti also in the midst of violence

Mass in honor of the president of Haiti also in the midst of violence
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The cathedral in Cap Haitien, on the island’s north coast, was about half full. Authorities warned that they could cancel events scheduled for the following hours for fear of violence, AP said.

Moïse supporters interrupted the mass with shouts and accusations that the country’s elite killed the president. A man who said his name was John Jovie was standing outside the temple along with a group of men and warned that there would be more violence if wealthy members of the Port-au-Prince elite attended the ceremonies.

“If they come, we will behead them”

The mayor of Cap Haitien arrived at the cathedral surrounded by bodyguards
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“We ask you not to come to the funeral,” he said. “If they come, we will behead them. We will get our weapons from where they are hidden… We want justice for Moïse ”. The mayor of Cap Haitien arrived at the cathedral surrounded by bodyguards, and heavily armed men stood guard throughout the mass.

After the ceremony, some people signed a blue book of condolences that the mayor’s office posted near the cathedral. Some supporters stood in front of a portrait of Moïse and rows of candles flickering in the gusts of hot wind.

Protests in Haiti already leave deadly balance

Protests in Haiti already leave deadly balance
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“My president. Go in peace. God sees everything. Let’s fight for change, ”wrote Louis Judlin, a 36-year-old electrician with two children. Judlin said he was unemployed and struggling to feed his children, according to the AP.

“Life is really hard for all Haitians. Eat, go to school, have health, transportation, “he said. The day before, violence broke out in Quartier-Morin, located between Cap Haitien and Moïse’s hometown. Journalists from The Associated Press they saw the body of a man who according to witnesses was killed during protests organized by armed men.

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