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GoFundMe Exceeds $75,000 Goal for American Couple Presumed Dead in Caribbean Tragedy

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American couple Ralph Hendry and Kathy Brandel are feared dead in the Caribbean island of Grenada.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Mar. 4, 2024:The fundraising campaign for Ralph Hendry and Kathy Brandel, believed to have been killed in a harrowing incident off Grand Anse Beach, Grenada, has surpassed its $75,000 target. The couple’s tragic fate, allegedly at the hands of escaped prisoners, has prompted an outpouring of support, with funds earmarked for vessel recovery, funeral expenses, and family assistance.

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American couple Ralph Hendry and Kathy Brandel are feared dead in the Caribbean island of Grenada.

As of today, March 4th, the campaign has raised $75,225 to help recover the Simplicity, the couple’s vessel and belongings, cover funeral costs, and provide support to the grieving families as they try to comprehend the depth of this tragedy.

Three accused criminals escaped from jail on Feb. 18 before they “commandeered” the couple’s boat and headed north, St. Vincent and the Grenadines police have said. Police have said the escapees – Ron Mitchell, Trevon Robertson, and Atiba Stanislaus from Grenada – boarded the boat while it was docked in the St. George area of Grenada. The three escapees were confined to a “holding” area at South St George Police Station when they ran away from the compound.

It is presumed they attacked the couple and threw them overboard. The three were apprehended in St. Vincent and the Grenadines by local law enforcement and are in custody there. Prior to their escape, they faced charges including rape and robbery with violence.

Nick Buro, the son of Kathy Brandel and Bryan Hendry, the son of Ralph Hendry released a statement noting: “Our parents encompassed all those values and so much more. If we have learned anything from this tragic event, it’s that we know they left this world in a better place than it was before they were born.”

They said “Ralph and Kathy lived a life that most of us can only dream of, sailing the eastern coast of the United States, living on their home Simplicity, making friends with everyone they encountered, singing, dancing and laughing with friends and family – that’s who Ralph and Kathy were and that’s how they will be remembered in our hearts.”

“We are grateful to have been raised by the strongest people that we will ever know, and we hope that we can follow in their footsteps and strive to be even half as wonderful as them. So many people have reached out with love and encouragement, sharing stories and anecdotes of their memories of Ralph and Kathy, and those stories are what we want them to be remembered by. While the end of their life may have been dark, they brought light, and that light will never be extinguished from the hearts and minds of the people who knew, loved and cared so deeply about them.
We are ever hopeful that justice will be served,” the couple’s sons added.

A top Commander in the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has assured Grenadians that ”heads will roll” following the massive embarrassment to the country over the manner in which three prisoners were able to escape from South St George Police Station and allegedly killed the two Americans.

“I suspect that there are going to be charges coming out of it (the investigation),” said the top officer who pointed in the direction of possible disciplinary charges.

During a press conference on Monday, acting Commissioner of Police Don McKenzie told reporters that RGPF is taking this matter very seriously and decided to assign an investigator to look into all aspects of the manner in which the prisoners escaped from South St George.

Mc Kenzie said he was prepared to share with the public the results of the investigation.

Meanwhile, a deportation order has been handed down from the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court in St. Vincent and the Grenadines today for the three Grenadians who are now the main suspects in a murder case of two US citizens. After pleading guilty to four immigration charges when they first appeared in court last Monday February 26, Senior Magistrate Colin John ordered that the men be deported from St Vincent and the Grenadines to be returned to Grenada.

The charges laid against the trio, Atiba Stanislaus, Ron Mitchell and Trevon Robertson are that they illegally entered SVG by boat and disembarked without the consent of an Immigration officer, entered without a passport, entered at a point other than an official port of entry and landed as a prohibited immigrant.

Caribbean Born President of UN General Assembly Calls For Immediate Ceasefire In Gaza

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United Nations General Assembly President Dennis Francis (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Mar. 4, 2024: The Caribbean born President of the United Nations General Assembly,(UNGA), Dennis Francis, today called for the implementation of “an immediate humanitarian ceasefire” in the Gaza where Israeli troops have been fighting members of the terrorist group, Hamas, since the October 7 last year incursion into Israel.

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United Nations General Assembly President Dennis Francis (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

“The bombardment must stop, now,” the Trinidad and Tobago diplomat said, as the UNGA plenary meeting on the use of the “veto.”

A screen grab captured from a video shows the civil defense teams working to rebury the bodies unearthed under the soil after the Israeli warplanes bombed a cemetery at the Jibaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip, Gaza on March 4, 2024. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu via Getty Images)

Francis said that from the inception of the United Nations in 1945, the General Assembly and the Security Council, both share a single overarching duty and that is “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.

“The purpose of our meeting today underscores the vital importance of that joint responsibility and the urgency for the two bodies to strengthen their collective efforts, within their respective mandates under the United Nations Charter, to preserve and promote global peace and security. In this context, I strongly urge member states to engage in today’s debate with a proactive, solution-oriented posture , mindful of all member states’ responsibility to exert every effort to avert further violence and to save lives,” he said.

There have been calls to do away with the “veto” mechanism used by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council including the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and France.

Francis said that while he welcomes the the introduction and utility of the “Veto Initiative,” most especially in relation to the accountability it seeks to foster “it is nevertheless deeply regrettable that compliant with the rules of procedure, this General Assembly must use it at all, in connection with the current deepening humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.

He said thousands of children have been killed, others are scrounging for food and watching their childhoods evaporate into the horrors of war.

“Countless mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, nieces, and nephews, ll gone. As the French would say “disparu,”, disappeared. Their dreams extinguished, their potential lost forever, and their futures obliterated,” said Francis, while adding that 85 per cent of Gaza’s population, or 1.9 million people, are internally displaced and nearly 1.5 million of them now reside in Rafah – that is, more than six times the population prior to October 7th.

“I am deeply concerned about intensified Israeli airstrikes in Rafah, including in residential areas. In the words of UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths, any ground operation in such a densely populated area would “leave an already fragile humanitarian operation at death’s door. I, therefore, urgently call for maximum restraint to prevail in order to save innocent civilian lives. Israeli restrictions on the humanitarian access have drastically reduced the flow of lifesaving aid to a mere trickle.”

Caribbean Star Rihanna’s India Performance Gets Mixed Reviews

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Rihanna's performance in India.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Mar. 4, 2024: Rihanna’s highly anticipated return to the stage at Anant Ambani’s pre-wedding party in India stirred up a whirlwind of reactions.

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Rihanna’s performance in India.

After an eight-year hiatus from live performances, the Barbadian superstar took center stage to perform for the first time in India, delivering a setlist of 19 songs to over 20,000 fans at Jamnagar. However, her performance received mixed reviews, with some critics dubbing her as a “lazy performer” due to what they perceived as low energy.

Despite the criticisms, Rihanna’s comeback marked a significant moment in her career trajectory. Renowned for her chart-topping hits and groundbreaking style, the Grammy-winning artist’s presence at the lavish event garnered widespread attention. Known for her larger-than-life performances, fans had high expectations for Rihanna’s return to the stage. However, some expressed disappointment over what they perceived as a lackluster performance, citing her subdued demeanor and minimal engagement with the audience.

Speculation surrounding Rihanna’s performance intensified following her recent pregnancies. The singer welcomed her first son with rapper A$AP Rocky in May 2022, followed by another baby boy in August 2023. Fans pointed to her post-pregnancy recovery as a potential factor contributing to her subdued stage presence.

Nevertheless, Rihanna’s loyal fan base rallied behind her, vehemently defending the singer against detractors. Supporters emphasized her iconic status and celebrated her resilience in overcoming personal challenges while maintaining her place in the spotlight.

As rumors swirled about a possible third pregnancy, Rihanna’s representatives remained tight-lipped, fueling speculation about her future plans. Despite the mixed reactions to her recent performance, Rihanna’s enduring influence in the music industry remains undeniable. With a legacy spanning over a decade, the multifaceted artist continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her undeniable talent and unwavering authenticity.

As fans eagerly await her next move, Rihanna’s return to the stage serves as a reminder of her enduring impact on music and culture. Whether she’s performing at star-studded events or gracing the covers of fashion magazines, Rihanna’s presence continues to shape the zeitgeist, cementing her status as a global icon.

Nigy Boy Thrills Guyanese At Mashramani Concert

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Nigy Boy with the President of Guyana and first Lady.

News Americas, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mon. Mar. 4, 2024: Fresh off the triumph of his chart-topping track ‘Continent,’ dancehall sensation Nigy Boy took flight to the CARICOM, South American nation of Guyana, headlining Guyana’s vibrant Mashramani festival.

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Nigy Boy performing in Guyana on Feb. 23, 2024.

Amidst the electrifying atmosphere at Mash A-Rama, Nigy Boy enthralled over 20,000 enthusiastic fans with his energetic performance, declaring Guyana’s reception as nothing short of sensational. Joining forces with renowned music producer Rvssian and a stellar lineup of artists, including Rajah Wild, Brysco, and Matic Queen, Nigy Boy celebrated the contagious energy of dancehall music.

Amidst the festivities, the visually impaired artist had the honor of meeting Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali and First Lady Arya Ali, a humbling experience that underscored his growing influence in the music industry.

“Guyana was sensational! The ladies could not get enough of the ‘Continent Boss'” Nigy Boy declared moments after his performance adding, “I executed as best as I could, and the crowd showed me love and support. It was a wonderful experience.”

“Being able to perform side-by-side with the other artists on the ‘Dutty Money’ riddim was a special moment. The synergy was just unreal. Dancehall has found a new energy, a new force,” Nigy added.

With his hit single ‘Continent’ amassing over 6.7 million views on YouTube, Nigy Boy’s meteoric rise continues as he prepares to unveil his next release on Rvssian’s ‘Payment Plan Riddim.’

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Guyanese Born Chef Goes From Food Truck To Restaurant In LA

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Guyana born Chef Bernard James

News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Mon. Mar. 4, 2024: Guyanese-born chef, Chef Bernard James, famed for his Taste of the Caribbean food truck in Hollywood, has ventured into new territory with a Caribbean restaurant in East Long Beach.

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Guyana born Chef Bernard James

Situated near Little Coyote on Los Coyotes Diagonal, Taste of the Caribbean establishment fills a void left by the closure of Bigmista’s Barbecue and Sammich shop in 2018. With culinary experiences spanning New York to Los Angeles, Chef James brings a wealth of Caribbean flavors to Long Beach. Inspired by his childhood memories in his grandmother’s kitchen, Taste of the Caribbean not only introduces locals to authentic Caribbean cuisine but also enriches the city’s culinary landscape.

Chef James’s culinary vision, shaped by his cultural upbringing, pays homage to his heritage and the matriarchal influences of his past. By offering traditional dishes like jerk chicken and salmon, the restaurant becomes a hub for Caribbean culinary enthusiasts and a celebration of cultural diversity in Long Beach.

The arrival of Taste of the Caribbean signals a shift in Long Beach’s culinary scene, emphasizing the importance of diversity in gastronomic offerings. While it may not replicate the late-night hours of its Hollywood counterpart, the restaurant promises to invigorate the local dining experience. Its success could catalyze a wave of interest in Caribbean and other underrepresented cuisines, fostering a more inclusive culinary landscape in the city.

Two Caribbean Athletes Make History At World Indoor Championships

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Bahamas' Devynne Charlton celebrates setting a world record on the podium for the Women's 60m Hurdle during day three of the World Indoor Athletics Championships at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow. Picture date: Sunday March 3, 2024. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Mar. 4, 2024: Two Caribbean athletes made history over the weekend at the World Indoor Championships at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow.

Bahamian athlete Devynne Charlton showcased her exceptional talent at the World Indoor Championships, stunning the crowd by breaking her own world record in the women’s 60 meters hurdles. Clocking an astonishing 7.65 seconds, Charlton seized the gold medal with remarkable finesse. Reflecting on her outstanding performance, Charlton admitted to feeling like she executed the perfect race, emphasizing her focus on flawless execution.

“I drew a blank on that one so I can’t really tell you what happened,” Charlton said. “The thought going into it was just to execute and I think I did that. I knew I had that kind of time in me, it was just about putting my race together on the day.”

With her victory, Charlton not only secured the gold but also shaved two hundredths of a second off the world record she had set just last month in New York. This exceptional feat solidifies her status as one of the world’s premier hurdlers and brings immense pride to her home country of The Bahamas.

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Bahamas’ Devynne Charlton celebrates setting a world record on the podium for the Women’s 60m Hurdle during day three of the World Indoor Athletics Championships at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow. Picture date: Sunday March 3, 2024. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)

Celebrating her historic achievement, Charlton expressed her joy and anticipation of returning home to share her victory with her fellow Bahamians. “It feels amazing. I can’t wait to get home and celebrate this,” she exclaimed.

In a show of Bahamian dominance, fellow hurdler Charisma Taylor finished sixth in the final, clocking a commendable time of 7.92 seconds. However, the day belonged to Charlton, whose electrifying performance captivated audiences and left an indelible mark on the world of track and field.

Thea LaFond

Meanwhile, in the triple jump event, history was made once again as Dominica’s Thea LaFond soared to victory, securing her country’s first-ever medal in a global track and field competition. LaFond’s monumental leap of 15.01 meters in the second round not only secured the gold but also established her as the world leader in the event.

Gold medalist Thea Lafond of Team Dominica poses for a photo during the medal ceremony for the the Women’s Triple Jump Final on Day Three of the World Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 2024 at Emirates Arena on March 03, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Overwhelmed with emotion, LaFond expressed her pride and gratitude following her historic win. “At some point, it’s going to hit [me], and I think right now I’m like just really, really proud,” LaFond shared with reporters. “I’m proud to have done what I did, I’m proud of Aaron [Gadson] and I – Aaron is my coach and husband – and I’m so proud to be from that small beautiful country, [that] powerful country in the Caribbean.”

LaFond’s triumph serves as an inspiration to her fellow Dominicans and athletes across the Caribbean, demonstrating that with hard work, determination, and unwavering support, anything is possible.

As the curtain falls on the World Indoor Championships, the remarkable achievements of Devynne Charlton and Thea LaFond will be etched into the annals of sporting history, serving as a testament to the power of perseverance and the pursuit of excellence.

Thousands of inmates escape prison amid deepening Haiti violence

The content originally appeared on: Latin America News – Aljazeera

Haiti’s government has declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew after an explosion of gang-led violence over the weekend saw thousands of prisoners escape after assaults on the country’s two biggest prisons.

The 72-hour state of emergency went into immediate effect as the government said it would set out to find the killers, kidnappers and other violent criminals it said it had escaped in the attacks.

The curfew will be in force from 6pm (23:00 GMT) until 5am (10:00 GMT).

“The police were ordered to use all legal means at their disposal to enforce the curfew and apprehend all offenders,” said a statement from Finance Minister Patrick Boisvert, who is acting as prime minister while Ariel Henry is overseas trying to salvage support for a United Nations-backed security force to stabilise the country in its conflict with increasingly powerful crime groups.

Gangs led by Jimmy Cherizier, a former police officer known as Barbecue, are trying to force Henry from power.

Pierre Esperance of the National Network for Defense of Human Rights said only about 100 of the National Penitentiary’s estimated 3,800 inmates remained inside after the assault on Saturday night.

“We counted many prisoners’ bodies,” he added.

A reporter from the AFP news agency who visited the prison on Sunday said they saw about a dozen bodies outside it. The gate was open and there was “hardly anyone” left inside, they added.

The Reuters news agency reported that there were no signs of police officers at the prison and its main door was open.

“I’m the only one left in my cell,” one unidentified inmate told Reuters. “We were asleep when we heard the sound of bullets. The cell barriers are broken.”

In a statement, the Haitian government said police tried to repel the gang attack against that prison and at another facility called Croix des Bouquets. Esperance said it was not immediately clear how many inmates escaped from the second prison, which he said held 1,450 inmates.

The government said the attacks left “several wounded” among prison staff and inmates.

In a statement, it thanked “the population for their calm, despite these very difficult times”.

Violence in Haiti has spiralled in recent days after calls by Cherizier for criminal groups to unite and overthrow Henry. Cherizier heads an alliance of gangs and faces sanctions from the UN and the United States.

One voluntary prison worker on Sunday said that 99 prisoners had opted to remain in their cells in the main jail for fear of being killed in the crossfire. These included several retired Colombian soldiers who were jailed for their alleged involvement in the assassination of former President Jovenel Moise.

Authorities warned people to be careful and “to continue to support the National Police who will do everything possible to track down fleeing prisoners and arrest those responsible for these acts”, the statement read.

The prime minister’s exact whereabouts remained unclear on Sunday. Henry had been due to return from a visit to Kenya where he signed a security deal to tackle gang violence.

Nearly 15,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in recent days, with 10 sites hosting internally displaced people emptied over the weekend, according to the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Henry, who became prime minister in 2021 after Moise’s assassination, was supposed to step down by early February, but told a regional summit in Guyana before travelling to Kenya that he would only hold elections by August 2025 once the situation was more stable.

The last elections took place in 2016.

 

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INSOL International Names John T. Young, Jr. of Neinda Advisors in 2024 Fellowship Class

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Neinda Advisors

HOUSTON, March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Neinda Advisors LLC (“Neinda”) is delighted to announce that John T. Young, Jr. has been named a Fellow in INSOL International’s 2024 class of inductees. He is a member of a class of 24 new INSOL Fellows worldwide who are being recognized for their international insolvency qualifications. In response to INSOL’s announcement, Mr. Young remarked, “With the growing number of restructuring alternatives available beyond the US, it’s important to have the command of how emerging forums function and where the best outcomes can be found. I’m incredibly grateful to be recognized by INSOL with this honor.” The induction ceremony will take place at INSOL’s annual meeting held in San Diego on May 22, 2024.Neinda AdvisorsINSOL International is the premier worldwide association of lawyers, financiers, academics and other professionals specializing in turnaround and insolvency. There are currently over 44 Member Associations with over 10,500 professionals participating as members of INSOL International. To learn more about INSOL please visit www.insol.org.Neinda is a boutique advisory practice offering independent director services to organizations facing governance challenges in complex situations. Neinda’s governance services are tailored to US-based organizations and international organizations seeking the expertise of a US director, particularly in situations involving cross-border issues and restructurings. More information is available at www.neinda.com.

Gordon Brothers Offering for Sale by Private Treaty Royal Falcon One Superyacht

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News Americas, London, England, Monday, March 04, 2024: Gordon Brothers, the global asset experts, is exclusively offering for sale by private treaty the Royal Falcon One superyacht.

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Royal Falcon One was built in 2019 and is the world’s only luxury catamaran superyacht created by Studio F.A. Porsche. The vessel is a generous four-deck, 10-berth catamaran benefiting from best-in-class design and artisanry.

The superyacht has a range of 1,200 nautical miles and boasts onboard facilities including five VIP suites, four crew cabins, 10-seat dining table, three bars and a relaxing sundeck featuring a lounge area and jacuzzi. A shallow draft enables the yacht to access and anchor in the most secluded coves.

“Royal Falcon One presents a unique opportunity for the discerning buyer to acquire a one-of-a-kind catamaran under 500 gross tons,” said Oliver Veart, Director, Marine & Valuations at Gordon Brothers. “The vessel is berthed in Genoa, Italy and available for prompt delivery in time for the Mediterranean summer season.”

For further details, please contact Oliver Veart at ov****@go************.com. For vessel specifications, please visit our website.

Gordon Brothers has established a dedicated marine services and valuations practice that leverages decades of experience buying, selling and valuing assets in the commercial and industrial economy across Australia, Brazil, Canada, the U.K., Europe, Japan and the U.S. The firm provides advisory services including fleet and vessel renewal analysis, disposition and investment strategies.

About Gordon Brothers

Since 1903, Gordon Brothers (www.gordonbrothers.com) has helped lenders, management teams, advisors and investors move forward through change. The firm brings a powerful combination of expertise and capital to clients, developing customized solutions on an integrated or standalone basis across four services areas: valuations, dispositions, financing and investment. Whether to fuel growth or facilitate strategic consolidation, Gordon Brothers partners with companies in the retail, commercial and industrial sectors to provide maximum liquidity, put assets to their highest and best use and mitigate liabilities. The firm conducts more than $100 billion worth of dispositions and appraisals annually and provides both short- and long-term capital to clients undergoing transformation. Gordon Brothers lends against and invests in brands, real estate, inventory, receivables, machinery, equipment and other assets, both together and individually, to provide clients liquidity solutions beyond its market-leading disposition and appraisal services. The firm is headquartered in Boston, with over 30 offices across five continents.

Haiti police unions plead for help as armed gangs storm main prison

The content originally appeared on: Latin America News – Aljazeera

Armed groups have stormed Haiti’s largest prison, defying police forces who have called for help after days of gunfire in parts of the capital as a major gang leader seeks to topple Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

Two of the Caribbean country’s main police unions called for assistance on Saturday to stop inmates, many considered to be high-profile criminals, from fleeing the National Penitentiary in Port-Au-Prince.

“They need help,” one of the unions said in a message on social media, bearing an “SOS” emoji repeated eight times. “Let’s mobilise the army and the police to prevent the bandits from breaking into the prison.”

It was unclear how many had fled the prison, a number that the newspaper Gazette Haiti said was “significant”. Some detainees were reluctant to leave en masse for fear of being killed in crossfire, sources told Reuters news agency.

Police officers assigned to the prison had vacated the premises on Saturday, according to reports by local media AyiboPost.

A man drives past a burning barricade during a protest in Port-au-Prince [File: Ralph Tedy Erol/Reuters]

The government of Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, did not comment on the situation on Saturday.

Prime Minister Henry is in Kenya to salvage a proposed security mission in Haiti to be led by that East African country and backed by the United Nations.

Heavy gunfire has caused panic in recent days after calls by gang leader Jimmy Cherizier, a former police officer, for criminal groups to unite and overthrow Henry. Cherizier, also known as Barbecue, heads an alliance of gangs and faces sanctions from the UN and the United States.

The penitentiary, built to hold 700 prisoners, held 3,687 inmates as of February last year, according to the rights group RNDDH. A 2017 report by the group warned of serious overcrowding at the prison, which is said to suffer from poor police staffing.

The prison attack follows reports on Friday that armed men had attempted to take control of the capital’s main container port, causing traffic disruptions, and gangs threatened to attack more of the city’s police stations.

Cherizier this week warned locals to keep children from going to school to “avoid collateral damages” as violence surged.

Henry, who came to power after the assassination of the country’s last president, Jovenel Moise, in 2021, had previously pledged to step down by early February.

He later said security must first be re-established to ensure free and fair parliamentary and presidential elections, which have not taken place for almost a decade.

 

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