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Haitian police attacked the official residence of Prime Minister Ariel Henry over the weekend to protest against the recent killings of officers by the armed gangs ransacking the Caribbean country, as it continues to reel from political and economic crises, the Telegraph reported.

On Thursday, officers in civilian clothes first attacked Henry’s home before descending on the capital’s airport as the prime minister returned from a trip to Argentina.

The demonstrations came a day after six officers were killed in the town of Liancourt. Authorities said four of the officers were taken out of the police station and executed in the street.

The executions are the latest instances of police killings in Haiti, where the security situation has deteriorated following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July 2021.

The National Union of Haitian Police Officers said at least 14 police officers have been killed by armed gangs since the beginning of the year. Human rights groups estimate that 78 have died since Henry came to power following Moïse’s assassination.

Meanwhile, the United Nations recorded more than 1,350 kidnappings and more than 2,000 murders in Haiti last year.

The UN is debating sending a foreign strike force to tackle the criminal gangs. The request was made three months ago, but no government has yet to agree to command such a force.

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