Haitian Government Accused of Establishing Paramilitary Force in Les Cayes, "Le Police"

The Haitian government is currently in hiatus and conflict due to the emergence of a militant group claiming to be associated with the country's most powerful individual, the President. A group of fugitives who referred to themselves as "The Police" recently publicly claimed to have a connection with Haitian President Michel Martelly's political party. They have transformed themselves as the paramilitary force of Les Cayes' police department and are currently well-armed.

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Les Cayes' government commissioner, Jean-Marie Salomon, announced that he has information on the identity of the group's members, mostly with criminal backgrounds and some having escaped from prison. With all the fuss on The Police's claim of being part of a strong political party, the Commissioner declined in confirming the group's political affiliation. This has worried the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH), especially in terms of the safety and security of Haiti's southern department. RNDDH's Executive Director Pierre Espérance believes that The Police belonged to Martelly's Tet Kale Party and was supposedly formed by Haiti's Minister of Justice Jean Renel Sanon in order to commit repression in the country.

In defense of the administration, Secretary of State for Communication Joseph Guyler C. Delva recently announced that Le Police will be regarded by the state as a peaceful citizen group until they have acted otherwise. He negated Sanon's claim by stating that the RNDDH Director was just trying to divide the region.

But the pointing of fingers does not end here. Other high officials in the Haitian government have been throwing out accusations to rival officials and parties with the inconclusiveness of The Police's origin and purpose.

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