Guard of National Palace (USGPN) used force on opposition supporters in Petit-Goâve

The political unrest continues to escalate after, on Friday October 24, 2014, armed guards of the Specialized Unit of the Guard of the National Palace (USGPN) were compelled to use force to break up a group gathered to protest against the government. The supporters of the opposition tried to block the way of the presidential motorcade as it made its way through the public roads on its way to the event for the "Gouvènman an Lakay Ou" program set for the following day in the city.


The scene in Côtes-de-Fer became potentially deadly as shots rang out, amidst the throwing of stones. The confusion caused a massive fleeing of the scene by demonstrators, even as the vehicles in the motorcade sped away quickly. The Côtes-de-Fer incident yielded no reports of casualties. However, following the fleeing of the agents of the USGPN, strategic sections of Petit Goâve were occupied by the Department Unit for Maintenance of Order (UDMO). It was during this incident, along the National Road, that shots were fired and tear gas cannisters deployed by the security forces in an attempt to keep the protesting group from resuming their demonstration.

From this event, a 23-year-old youth who reportedly lives in Gaston Avenue, Youri Laguerre, sustained a gunshot wound to the buttocks and sought treatment at the Notre-Dame Hospital where he is not considered to be in any critical danger. Another shooting victim was 16-year-old Joseline René, a Lycée Faustin Soulouque student who suffered a bullet in the leg. While the authorities were using their weapons, the responsible party for these woundings has not been identified.

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