PORT-AU-PRINCE — Heeding a call for widespread demonstrations across Haiti against insecurity and other crises in Haiti, numerous institutions, including schools and commercial enterprises kept their doors closed on Mar. 29.
Called by more than 40 civil and political organizations, demonstrators marched mostly peacefully. However, according to Le Nouvelliste, one airplane caught fire in Les Cayes and at least two people were injured, one by a bullet, the other with a knife.
“We condemn the burning of the plane,” said Ebens Cadet, spokesperson of Nou Konsyan, an activist group in Port-au-Prince.
“But police killing a protester is worse than burning a plane,” Cadet added. “We also strongly condemn Ariel Henry who spent more than eight months as prime minister and showed that he’s incapable to provide security in the country.”
In the capital city, according to local media, the protesters marched from the Champ-de-Mars and wound their way across numerous neighborhoods. Marchers also demanded that Henry do more to address gang violence and the higher cost of living, and that he resign.
In Jacmel, residents took to the streets to express their frustration with the socio-economic and political problems plaguing the country. Those protesters set fire to the debris of a plane recently crashed on the runway of the Jacmel aerodrome, local daily Le Nouvelliste reported.
Carrying signs with their demands, the demonstrators demanded that Henry be held accountable for the country’s management and to act to stop gang activities in the country. The demonstrators vowed to continue with this protest movement “until the country is free of gang activity” and becomes more affordable to live in.
In Les Cayes, thousands of protesters who marched peacefully entered the local airport, despite seeing police firing tear gas. The demonstrators approached the plane and pushed it down the tarmac. The plane was later seen on a street, apparently near the airport, where it was set on fire.
Henry said via Twitter that he condemned the incident as “subversive” and called for the perpetrators to be investigated.