Anti-MINUSTAH Protests Continue in Haiti

Port au Prince, Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) The civilian organization that organized the protests to demand the pullout of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) announced that demonstrations will continue as long as those forces remain here.At least one person was wounded in clashes with police on Wednesday, as protestors chanted slogans demanding the withdrawal of the international military body.In a communiqué sent to Prensa Latina, the Group for Compensation of Cholera Victims explained that the objective of the mobilization is to change de stand of senators and of President Michel Martelly, who defend a phased pullout.

“We cannot give more time for MINUSTAH to continue its violations,” says the document.

Protests were triggered by release of footage of five soldiers subduing a young boy in a barrack in southern Port Salut, 174 km from the capital.

Last Tuesday, Martelly ruled out the possibility to withdraw MINUSTAH troops until the country has its own Army (dissolved in 1995).

In the text, the Group recalled that MINUSTAH has been blamed for the spread of a cholera epidemic that has killed more than 6,200 people.

MINUSTAH has more than 12,000 troops deployed, 40 percent of them from nine Latin American countries.

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