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State of emergency in Haiti after mass jailbreak

By Ninian Carter

March 4, 2024 - Haiti has declared a state of emergency after armed gangs, who want to force the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, stormed two jails in Port-au-Prince, allowing thousands of inmates to escape.

The government of Haiti has declared a state of emergency after armed gangs stormed two of the country’s largest prisons, killing at least 12 people in the process.

Port-au-Prince’s National Penitentiary held nearly 4,000 inmates at the time of the attack, and the Croix-des-Bouquets Civil Prison housed roughly 1,400.

Gang leaders, which control around 80% of the capital, are trying to force the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who has travelled abroad.

Gang violence has plagued Haiti for years.

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PUBLISHED: 04/03/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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