Local media reported a death and several injuries in Haiti after a police protest over working conditions escalated. Carnival celebrations in Port-au-Prince have been canceled to avoid a “bloodbath”.
A soldier was killed in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on Sunday, local media reported when police officers shot and killed an army headquarters in a violent escalation of protests demanding better working conditions for the police. Police exchanged gunfire with soldiers for hours after their protest near the national palace stopped. It was unclear which side started shooting first. Hundreds of supporters joined dozens of police officers, some in street clothes and others in police uniforms and face masks, when they came to the palace in protest of better pay.
At least three police officers and one soldier were wounded in the attack, which, according to the Department of Defense, was carried out by armed men wearing masks. The situation remained tense as night fell.