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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Haiti’s Slain President Laid to Rest Amidst Cries for Justice

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Funeral service for slain President Jovenel Moise got underway in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, on Friday morning, as an angry crowd demanded justice for the late president who was shot dead in his home nearly two weeks ago.

As Moise’s widow, also injured during the attack, ascended the stairway to his wooden casket, cries of “Justice! Justice!” from the crowd gathered nearby, echoed throughout the private ceremony.

Martine was adorned in black with her right arm resting in a sling, and surrounded by her three children.

They were joined by mourners from around the world who descended on the small village where Moise grew up.

Heavy security personnel armed with high-powered weapons enveloped the private ceremony.

As Haiti’s National Police Chief León Charles arrived, one woman shouted, “You didn’t take any measures to save Jovenel! You contributed to his killing!”

Another man yelled at Charles, “You need to leave now or we’re going to get you after the funeral!”

The day before the funeral, violence flared in the streets as protesters set tires on fire to block roadways. Protesters say they want to know how and why Moise was assassinated.

 

Photo credit: AP Press

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