HAITI UNREST: President Escapes Unhurt, but Security Detail Injured in Ceremony Shooting

Author  Edited from CMC

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti –Two members of President Jovenel Moise’s security team were wounded as they exchanged gunfire with unidentified gunmen in Pont-Rouge last month while he attended a ceremony commemorating the 212th anniversary of the assassination of Emperor Jean-Jacques Dessalines.

Blood runs down the head of an injured member of Moise security teamThe incident occurred on Oct. 17 while President Moise was laying a floral wreath in memory of the father of the French-speaking Caribbean community (CARICOM) country. He was whisked away unharmed from the area by air to another destination.

During the shooting, two of the security officers of the National Palace General Security Unit (USGPN) were wounded. Unconfirmed reports up to press time noted that at least three other people were injured.

“He (Moise) escaped unscathed from the shooting which took place in the first part of the ceremony,” said sociologist Gilbert Mervellus.

Moise is assisted in laying wreaths the ceremonyBAN

Earlier, the authorities had announced a temporary ban on carrying of firearms throughout the country. Justice and Public Security Minister Jean Roody Aly said the ban would remain in effect until midnight Oct. 19. He said law enforcement and judicial authorities were the only ones allowed to travel during that period with their regulatory and service weapons. The authorities also called on private security agencies to adopt the temporary in order to prevent their staff from traveling with service weapons.

The move came as Haitians took to the streets Oct. 17 to protest several issues such as the PetroCaribe funds, the cost of living, the minimum wage, the reform of the Constitution as well as frequent overseas visits by Moise.

Aly said the National Police of Haiti and the Public Prosecutor’s Offices of the republic were instructed to crack down with the utmost rigor against anyone violating the laws.