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Journalists Alvarez Destiné and Méus Jeanril shot as police and armed forces disperse protest in Haiti

  • Source: CPJ
  • February 10, 2021

"Yesterday [Feb. 8] afternoon, in the Champs-des-Mars area of Port-au-Prince, the capital, unidentified attackers shot Destiné and Jeanril while they were covering protests calling for President Jovenel Moïse to step down, according to media reports and Jacques Desrosiers, secretary general of the Association of Haitian Journalists, a local trade group, who spoke with CPJ via messaging app.

The shootings occurred as members of the Haitian National Police and the Armed Forces fired live ammunition to disperse demonstrators, according to reports. According to those reports, the demonstrators threw stones, but did not fire any weapons.

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Jodel Lessage, Commander in Chief of the Haitian Armed Forces, issued a statement denying that members of the Armed Forces were involved in the shootings."

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