World August 28, 2023 | 8:25 am

At least 12 parishioners killed by gang during a march in Haiti

Haiti.- Tragedy struck in Haiti on Saturday as a gang opened fire during a march led by a Christian church in the makeshift Canaan neighborhood on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, as reported by AP. Parishioners and participants, some armed with machetes and sticks, had assembled to challenge the grip of criminal gangs on the area. Canaan was established by survivors of the 2010 earthquake who had lost their homes, and it has become known as one of the strongholds of criminal groups within the country.

Videos circulated on social media depict around a hundred individuals mobilizing, with some donning yellow shirts affiliated with a religious group led by Pastor Marco Aurelio, according to Reuters. Witnesses on-site and human rights organizations confirm that the demonstrators were attacked by assailants equipped with machine guns, believed to be linked to a criminal faction in control of Canaan.

The exact count of casualties remains uncertain. Although at least seven deaths have been reported, local sources suggest the toll could be closer to a dozen. Gédéon Jean, head of the Haitian Center for Analysis and Research in Human Rights (CARDH), suspects that the actual number of victims might be higher. He also noted that some parishioners were wounded while others were abducted.

To counter rising crime, many Haitians have opted to join self-defense movements, as reported by Reuters.

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August 28, 2023 9:10 am

Blind faith is reckless! Machetes and sticks are no match for guns, no matter what the pastor or any other religious person tells you. Whoever organized this has to share some of the blame.

Paul Tierney
August 28, 2023 9:49 am
Reply to  Brien

The organizers and most of the followers are well aware of the risks they are taking. They are broadcasting a message, a message to their God and world communities of a want of relief from their tormentors by using the only manner without firearms open to them. The question being asked by all is who will take notice and do something to end it?

Last edited 8 months ago by Paul Tierney
John Smith
August 28, 2023 9:38 am


Paul Tierney
August 28, 2023 10:32 am
Reply to  John Smith

Because the violence in Haiti will force more Haitians to invade the RD to avoid the violence. Get it?

August 28, 2023 12:19 pm
Reply to  John Smith

If you look at the navigation for this site you will see it has a “WORLD” topic under which this article is presented. There are frequent articles published relating to world events that in some cases may affect the D.R. Suggesting this website only reports or covers only the D.R. entirely misses the point