4000 prisoners escape as gangs attack Haiti’s biggest prison

Haitian President Ariel Henry Photo: Casa Rosada (Argentina Presidency of the Nation),

Saturday witnessed a chaotic scene as street gangs launched a coordinated attack on Haiti’s largest prison, resulting in the escape of nearly all 4,000 inmates. According to Arnel Remy, a human rights attorney involved with the prison, fewer than 100 inmates remained incarcerated by Sunday.

Notably, among those who opted to stay were 18 former Colombian soldiers implicated in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise in July 2021, an event that sparked increased violence throughout the country, with gangs reportedly now controlling an estimated 80% of Port-au-Prince.

The aftermath of the prison assault saw at least three fatalities, with reports of indiscriminate violence within the facility. Concurrently, gangs targeted national government buildings adjacent to the prison, supposedly aiming to thwart the return of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who was abroad in Kenya at the time negotiating a deal for a United Nations-backed international police force to stabilize Haiti.

While the assault achieved the release of thousands of prisoners, including influential gang members, it underscores the escalating grip of criminal organizations on Haiti since Moise’s assassination. Despite pleas for international assistance, Haitian authorities have struggled to contain the violence, prompting the UN’s approval of an international military force led by Kenya in October 2023.

However, setbacks, such as Kenya’s constitutional ruling against the mission in January, have hindered efforts to restore stability, leaving Haitian leaders like Henry facing uncertainty regarding the country’s future security.


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  1. Let's Face It
    March 6, 2024

    My people, it’s not about gangs and the incidents isolated in Port O Prince, the capital. It Is A continuation of western countries strangulation particularly the U.S, French, Spain for doing what we all would have wanted to do, to free themselves from the ravages of French slavery since 1800. The big power countries then sized millions of gold bars for City Bank, placed papa doc in control, today it’s the new guy of their choice. (no mention here of iridium mining, troops are protecting those).

    What’s created in Haiti speaks volumes to the rest of the African/Black world not to seek freedom from captors. Do not believe the western media hype, it’s their mouthpiece to brainwash us towards their side of the atrocities.

  2. Hate-E
    March 5, 2024

    Why would anyone want to be a president in Haiti given the long running corruption in that country? There’s not one current or former president of Haiti that is poor. Whenever there’s a Riot in Haiti their president is always out of the country. This is a very evil place.

  3. me
    March 4, 2024

    So many lazy, political police officers in Dominica, doing nothing, some should be sent to Haiti.

  4. Skerro
    March 4, 2024

    Fxxx let those nasty dirt take care of themselves why interfere wolf’s cant be cats

  5. March 4, 2024

    And it was only a week and half ago there was a huge few days of revival service in this doomed country. Dominicans please expect a few more new faces in Picard, Terre Platt, Gutter, FlyCity, Check Hall etc. Boat owners are celebrating the news. Human trafficking. Criminals gone loose. Alas Dominica a few more snipers to her militia.

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  6. Ibo France
    March 4, 2024

    Ariel Henry is a puppet of America. The majority of Haitians are averse to his presidency which they did not vote for.

    You cannot impose an unpopular president on a restive citizenry and expect tranquility and order to reign. You cannot have stark and widespread poverty, astronomical poverty and ubiquitous corruption and envision order in society.

    There is a need for economical stability, strengthening of law and order, reconciliation and healing among the different political factions, and a narrowing of the disparity between the Haves and the Have Nots.

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  7. dissident
    March 4, 2024

    CARICOM is just a talk shop
    it was so easy to walk into Salisbury and let go bullets de day before a general election
    RSS and Impacs never mention dat mission to Dominica
    Now all you have real problem to fix in Haiti…….where all you
    you people appear like stooges to boost up de image of some over ambitious arrogant Caricom leaders
    Skerrit can’t boast of anything he did to ease up de situation while chairman
    Skerrit is such a coward………he thinks money and gifts will put a veil of protection on him
    If Skerrit knew de actual cost to fix his problems he would have find de money already…….chasing wealth instead.
    running running running ……..unable to catch up!……still looking for de jackpot!!!!!!
    pressure does burst pipe eh Skerrit
    and he who laughs last MUST laugh de best

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    • They Not Joking
      March 5, 2024

      I don’t know about the talk shop thing but this situation is orchestrated specifically as an example to these leaders, those ACP leaders what can happen to them if they go against the grain or try what Haiti did 220 years ago. Yes it has lasted this long, that’s how we got to where we are today in Haiti, complete with a hand-picked president to keep status quo.

  8. Overflow
    March 3, 2024

    We have a Back Door here that’s always open and they are aware of that. CARICOM is a B%+€h.

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