State of Emergency Declared in Haiti!

(VitalNews.org) – Haiti has just declared a 72-hour state of emergency after a group of armed gangs broke into two of their prisons, which resulted in the escape of thousands of prisoners.

According to multiple media reports, the Port-au-Prince and Croix-des-Bouquets prisons were broken into. Both prisons were overrun with gang members and almost all 4,000 inmates at the Port-au-Prince prison are believed to have escaped.

On Sunday, Haiti declared a state of emergency and put a curfew in place. Finance Minister Patrick Boisvert said that police forces should use “all legal means” to recapture the escaped prisoners; Boisvert is temporarily in charge of Haiti while Prime Minister Ariel Henry is in Kenya for an overseas trip.

Arnel Remy, who is a Haitian lawyer, said that a total of 3,597 prisoners escaped. The U.N. warned that the Haitian government is deteriorating with massive incidents of gang violence and lawlessness throughout the country. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that Haiti is “encompassing political, social, and economic issues, further exacerbated by recurring natural disasters.”

One of Haiti’s police unions posted on X stating that they needed all hands on deck when trying to recapture these prisoners. “No one will be spared in the capital because there will be 3000 extra bandits now effective,” the statement said.

The U.S. Embassy in Haiti pushed for United States citizens residing in Haiti to quickly return to the States amid the prisoner escape. The Embassy said that operations would be interrupted and that further activity might be delayed because of “gang-related violence and its effects on transportation and infrastructure.”

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