Port-au-Prince – The leader of a federation of nine gangs, is calling for the removal of Prime Minister Ariel Henry from office, adding that it could be done “at the cost of blood”.
Former policeman, Jimmy Cherizier, known as “Barbecue” and the leader of the G9 Family and Allies, told a news conference earlier this week that the United Nations and the United States should cut ties with the government in order to help “liberate Haiti”.
“We take this opportunity to invite the United Nations in general and the so-called friendly countries of Haiti, in particular the United States of America, to register in this page of history as loyal allies who want the well-being of the Haitian people by divorcing the status quo,” Cherizier said.
Media reports said that G9 controls entire sections of the capital of the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country and have been accused of assassination and mass killings, including the murder of infants.
Cherizier, who has denied the allegations, has repeatedly called for the resignation of Henry, blaming him for much of the unrest in the country.
The former police officer has accused Henry of taking part in the assassination of former President Jovenel Moise, who was shot and killed at his private residence on July 17. Moise’s wife, Martine, had to be flown to the United States for treatment after being injured during the shooting.
Police have held several people, including former Colombian army officers, but the main suspect, Joseph Felix Badio, is still at large.