Prince Port – The leader of a powerful Haitian criminal organization said on Friday that he will lift the blockade on the distribution of fuel that has caused a crisis in hospitals, gas stations and even water supplies in the country’s capital.
The leader of the criminal organization Familia G9, Jimmy “Barbecue” Chérizier, organized a press conference to announce that for seven days it will allow hospitals, schools and gas stations to send trucks to the refueling station in the port.
The G9 Family organization collects the nine most powerful gangs in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.
Nevertheless, emphasized that the suspension is only temporary and again called for the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who he accuses of being involved in the assassination of the president Jovenel Moïse perpetrated on July 7. Chérizier, a former police officer, added that he will close the port again in a week and keep it that way until Henry resigns.
Shortly after Chérizier’s announcement, The Associated Press saw two tanker trucks arrive at the port, refuel and drive away without incident.
The capital and much of the country have been paralyzed since last month, when G9 closed the entrance to the port where fuel is stored and distributed.
The police and military seem unable to confront the G9 and other gangs, even as gas station closures crippled much of the already precarious economy.
Hospitals reported turning away patients due to a lack of generators, many buses stopped running, and banks, government offices, and schools closed because there was no transportation. The water pumping stations were affected by the lack of fuel.
The lack of fuel sparked protests from frustrated truck, bus and taxi drivers.
The G9 group is one of several gangs that have besieged the country’s capital and caused thousands to flee from neighborhoods controlled by criminals.
One such group has kidnapped 17 members of an Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries missionary group since Oct. 16 and is demanding millions of dollars in ransom.
This week, the United States government urged American citizens to leave Haiti due to insecurity and a severe lack of fuel. Canada announced Friday that it would remove all employees from its embassy except for essential personnel.