PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – Haitian police officers protested the recent killing of officers by armed gangs expanding their grip on the Caribbean nation by blocking streets and forcing their way into the country’s main airport on Thursday.
According to Reuters, protesters wearing civilian clothing attacked Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s official residence and then flooded the airport as Henry returned from Argentina.
“PM is still at the Airport, unable to leave for now,” said the source, who asked not to be identified.
Responses to requests for comment from the Haitian National Police and Prime Minister’s Office were not immediately available.
Several men, some wearing police shirts, were captured on video heatedly arguing with uniformed officers at an airport before walking past them without resistance.
A blockade was imposed by protesters in Port-au-Prince and several other northern cities.
Four police officers were killed last week by the Vitelhommegang near the capital, while seven more were killed on Wednesday in Liancourt in shootouts with the Savien gang, according to Haiti’s National Police.
In order to confront the criminal groups, the United Nations is considering sending a foreign strike force. A proposal to lead such a force was originally made three months ago, but so far, no country has stepped forward to do so.