Haitian National Police on Strike After 3 Killed in 48 Hours

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Sympathies from Justice and Peace to police in mourning

By Staff (rh gp)
AlterPresse

English | French

Translated from the French by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery

Port-au-Prince, Haiti – The National Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace (JILAP) honors the memory of the police officers recently murdered and offers its sympathies to the victims’ relatives, calling on the judicial authorities to assume their responsibilities.

“The commission salutes all the police officers who met murderous bullets in the course of their work,”

JILAP wrote in a note to AlterPresse. The Committee emphasizes that these men were

“protecting the lives and interests of the society.”

Within an interval of 48 hours, on April 16 to 17, three police officers were slain in the metropolitan area in the neighborhoods of Delmas (northern suburbs), Macajoux Street (downtown) and Martissant (southern edge).

The victims were Pierre Hufasse, Arnold Pierre-Louis and Walky Calixte

The Committee requests from the authorities that they assume their responsibilities.

“Officials of the police department should be supervising the police in this difficult time,”

noted the episcopal commission, adding that the police and other leaders of the judiciary must investigate [this crime] to discover its perpetrators.

The commission noted that the absence of an investigation to track the perpetrators would be taken as

“encouragement of impunity.”

A Member of Parliament is suspected of murdering policeman Walky Calixte (killed in Martissant). The MP’s security agents threatened the policeman long before his assassination on April 17.

The traffic police corps, to which Walky Calixte belonged, tried on April 18 to get hold of the MP as he was attending a political analysis show on the private radio station Radio Caraibes.

In the meantime the case was forwarded to a prosecutor in Port-au-Prince, and it should be heard by Judge Jean Wilner Maurin on April 24th.

Measures will be taken against the police officers who created an atmosphere of tension around Radio Caraibes and acted without the knowledge of their superiors.

Today [April 20th] relatives of the police blocked the road at Carrefour (southern edge), where the deceased lived.

Police on strike, traffic paralyzed

By Jose Flecher
Le Matin

English | French

Translated from the French by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery

A strike announced by a group of policemen for Monday [April 23rd], to demand justice for their brother in arms Walky Calixte, murdered last week, has been partially achieved. Traffic is half-paralyzed. In some metropolitan areas, the uniformed police are conspicuous for their absence.

The main arteries to the south of the capital are all blocked by barricades of burning tires, trucks for interdepartmental transportation, embankments and filth of all kinds. Trucks and minibuses from the South, Grand Anse, Nippes and the Southeast cannot reach downtown Port-au-Prince. Thus Haiti’s capital is cut off from the South.

Plainclothes police officers and some of the population, early in the morning, stood guard and used whatever they could lay their hands on to paralyze traffic. They even used force to compel some drivers to leave their trucks in the middle of the road. Students, merchants and professionals of all kinds were forced to stay at home.

Carrefour, the area where Walky’s parents live, is the focus of the protest. Almost all arteries, primary or secondary, are blocked. Consequently, traffic is at a standstill. Only a few bikers provide transportation in some places. In areas such as Arcachon and Lamentin these bikers were received with volleys of stones. They were forced to turn back.

The presence of law enforcement personnel is little noticed in the streets. The few police we met expressed their frustration and dissatisfaction with the serial murders whose victims are policemen.

“This is too much! We are in the streets, but we cannot work. We are not able,”

said one policeman. He accused, like many of his colleagues, the Member of Parliament from the First District of Port-au-Prince, Rodriguez Séjour, of being the intellectual author of the murder. The police authorities are urging the parliamentarians to put him at the disposal of justice.

“Otherwise, the road to Carrefour will remain blocked for a long time,” they threaten.

During the past four months, about a dozen policemen, including three during the last week, were murdered in the metropolitan area of ​​Port-au-Prince. The assassination of Walky, they claimed, was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Police are treated like dogs. The country’s leaders do nothing to put an end to this state of affairs,”

complained the police from Carrefour.

The government commissioner for the trial court in Port-au-Prince, Jean Renel Cénatus, has already questioned several people. He promises that the main defendant, Rodriguez Séjour, will soon be heard regarding the case. If one is to believe Mr. Cénatus, the investigation is progressing. Policeman Walky Calixte’s alleged murderer would have been killed by the return fire from the deceased before he rendered his soul, said Mr. Cénatus.

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Students in solidarity protest against the killing of their comrade Walky Calixte

By staff (kft jep rc)
AlterPresse

English | French

Translated from the French by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery

Port-au-Prince, Haiti – The student representative from the Humanities Department (Fasch) of the National University of Haiti (Online Campus), James Beltis, issued a memorandum of protest against the killing of policeman Walky Calixte, perpetrated on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, south of the capital.

The deceased officer of the National Police of Haiti (PNH) was a psychology student at Fasch since 2001. He had recently reactivated his record to complete his studies.

“Students in the department learned of the death of their comrade with great sadness,”

Beltis wrote in a note dated Monday, April 23.

The Civil Court of Port-au-Prince just blocked the burial of the body of one of the alleged attackers against whom the police officer had retaliated during the armed attack on his person.

According to Government Commissioner Jean Renel Senatus, the body of the alleged attacker of police officer Calixte was sent for an autopsy to the hospital of the National University of Haiti.

According to Senatus, the file is under judicial review in the office of insvestigations.

On Monday, April 23, 2012, a protest paralyzed the Carrefour area (municipality south of the capital), where the victim had lived, and put the entire metropolitan area of ​​Port-au-Prince under great tension.

This movement, led by police and relatives of the murdered officer, aimed not only to call for justice, but also for a greater regard for officers of the national police.

In the published note, the representative of students from the Humanities Department say that they support the protest movement.

“We are tired of seeing young people in the police perish as they call for better working conditions. We are tired of the indifference to acts of murder, robbery, rape, horrors of all kinds, perpetrated against the population,”

says the document.

Sources: AlterPresse | Le Matin | AlterPresse

Protests in Carrefour on Monday April 30, 2012.

UPDATES

April 24, 2012 (AHP) – MP Rodriguez Sejour, accompanied by his lawyer Carlos Hercule, the president of the Lower House Levaillant Louis Jeune and the Minister responsible for relations with parliament Ralph Theano, responded on Tuesday to questions from examining magistrate Jean Wilner Morin about his alleged involvement in the murder of policeman Walky Calixte. Meanwhile (Le Matin) Two of the MP’s security officers and his driver were remanded in custody by order of the magistrate. ‘The protests have quieted down.

April 30, 2012 (AlterPresse) – New protests: burning tires, road blocks in Carrefour.


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