Haiti is rapidly deteriorating: Gangs now control 80% of Port-au-Prince and are targeting airports, prisons, and Central Bank

Haiti-gangs-free-prison-inmates An inmate helps another prisoner Sunday inside the National Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Thousands of inmates fled Haiti's main prison after armed gangs stormed the facility overnight. ((Odelyn Joseph / Associated Press))

Revelation 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Haiti orders curfew after gangs overrun its two largest prisons, free thousands of inmates
  • Authorities in Haiti have ordered a nighttime curfew after an explosion of violence in which gang gunmen overran the two biggest prisons and freed thousands of inmates over the weekend.
  • A 72-hour state of emergency began Sunday night. The government said it would set out to find the killers, kidnappers and other criminals who fled.
  • “The police were ordered to use all legal means at their disposal to enforce the curfew and apprehend all offenders,” said a statement from Finance Minister Patrick Boivert, the acting prime minister.
  • Gangs already were estimated to control up to 80% of Port-au-Prince, the capital. They are increasingly coordinating their actions and choosing once unthinkable targets like the Central Bank.
  • Haiti’s National Police has roughly 9,000 officers to provide security for more than 11 million people, according to the U.N. They are routinely overwhelmed and outgunned
  • But the attack on the National Penitentiary late Saturday shocked Haitians who are accustomed to living under the constant threat of violence.
  • Almost all of the estimated 4,000 inmates escaped.
  • A second Port-au-Prince prison containing around 1,400 inmates was also overrun.

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