A Chilean soldier of the United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Rodrigo Andrés Sanhueza SotoSOTO, was killed in Ouanaminthe where tension was high on Monday, because of demonstrations demanding electricity.
The soldier was killed when police backed by MINUSTAH intervened to break the national 6. No shots were then heard bursts which also injured a policeman and demonstrators.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Haiti (SRSG), Sandra Honoré, said last rigueurla condemn violence that caused death of the soldier.
She asked the Haitian authorities to ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted while offering the support of the United Nations Police (UNPOL) and calling for what the author of this heinous act are brought to justice without time.
Recalling the right of all citizens to demonstrate peacefully, Ms. Honore however reaffirms that all people also have the right to carry out their legitimate activities without hindrance.
According to local press, a Claude Joazard was arrested a few hours after calling the population to mobilize to demand that the towns of Ouanaminthe and Fort-Liberté are supplied with electricity from the power station Caracol.
Hundreds of people protested in Ouanaminthe reported that the head of government, Paul Evans, promised on March 19, during a visit to the Northeast, this problem would be resolved before the Easter holidays . Eight days after Holy Week, nothing has been done, deplore the protesters who promised to return to the charge on Tuesday.
Note that a year of this, in April 2014, demonstrations were held in the North East demand of electricity. And the police forcefully intervened each time to disperse the demonstrators.