Wearing their uniforms and shouting slogans, protesters demanded their superiors grant them more armament to fight gangs, which have so far this year killed 15 police officers, 10 of whom died last week.
“We will not return to our posts until our demands are met,” policemen stated, stressing that they will need better working conditions and greater coordination among Haitian armed forces to fight urban armed gangs.
On Saturday, Police Director Frantz Elbe launched the Tornado 1 special operation, which intends to curb insecurity and gang attacks by reinforcing police stations and specialized units with logistics and armament.
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"Our country is going through a difficult situation. Police officers are in the crosshairs of the gangs. However, the solution to the problems is not promoting violence but to boost unity," Elbe stated.
Hours after this announcement, gang members destroyed with heavy machinery the Pernier police station, which was looted and partly burnt on Thursday.
“We are ready to back the National Police. Together, we hope to solve the problem of banditry, which so much violence and pain has caused in our country,” the Haitian Armed forces stated.