Dramatic video captured the moment a Haitian mob captured two suspected Colombian assassins, beat them and dragged them bloodied through the streets of Port-au-Prince after President Jovenel Moïse was shot dead.
A video shared on social networks shows the crowd pulling two men, one of whom was shirtless and tied with a rope, in the Pétion-Ville district, near the private residence of the late President.
“Come on, come on!” someone is heard screaming on the video as the crowd pushes the two men, who were discovered hidden in bushes.
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Some people grabbed them both by their shirts and pants, pushed them around and sometimes slapped them in the face.
Another video on twitter shows police carrying suspects. The user said the men were attacked with a machete, as seen in another video used to hack the suspects.
An Associated Press reporter saw officers put the men in the back of a van and walk away as crowds chased them to a police station.
“They killed the president! Give them to us! We will burn them! people were shouting outside.
The violent crowd then set fire to several cars riddled with bullets which they said belonged to the attackers. The vehicles did not have license plates and inside one was an empty box of bullets and water.
Some people in the crowd said that even though they had problems with the police, they couldn’t accept the fact that foreigners had entered their country and killed the president, the Miami Herald reported.
Mathias Pierre, a government minister, said reinforcements were brought in because residents were “very mad and trying to reach them, burn them,” reported The Times of London.
Léon Charles, acting director of the Haitian national police, called on Haitians not to take justice into their own hands.
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He said five of the vehicles used by the suspects had been recovered but three of them were set on fire.
“I told them to stop. We need proof,” he said, according to the outlet.
Although the men who carried out the attack were “in hand”, he said, police needed to find those behind.
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