A handful of militants violently demonstrate in Haiti after activist’s arrest

Protests, Haiti, Phil Holsinger

HCNN, Oct. 23, 2013

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) — A handful of opposition militants violently demonstrated Wednesday in Haiti’s capital to protest the arrest of lawyer and opposition activist, Andre Michel, accused of involvement in the killing of a law student in the Caribbean country’s capital over three years ago.

The protesters threw stones at police and burned tires in the Champs de Mars area not far from the presidential Palace in the capital. Protesters also broke windows of various cars and several passers-by were also hurt.

Students at a nearby ethnology school also joined the violent protest, as opposition leaders announced more unrest for the coming days.

Riot police fired several tear-gas and take position in several key points of the Champs de Mars area to protect other citizens who continued to go about their businesses as usual.

Angry protesters chanted slogans against the government. “Down with Martelly,” they chanted.

Michel was arrested as the police moved to enforce a warrant for arrest issued by judge Lamarre Belizaire who investigates the case of a student, Frantzy Duverseau, killed on Oct. 18, 2010, by police and other individuals brought to the victim’s home by Andre Michel.

At least, two police officers and two other allies of Michel had already been detained in connection with the case. Michel, who said he was acting as a lawyer, has denied any wrongdoing and believes his arrest is politically motivated.

Michel is now placed under the authority of investigating judge, Lamarre BĂ©lizaire, for further proceedings.

Michel has now been freed by force by lawmakers and lawyers who stormed the prosecutor’s office and took him away.


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