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Haiti: Weapons after the conversion

As expected, officials VIHAMO made to the National Police, on Wednesday, six weapons voluntarily reported by bandits repented of Grand Ravine. The ceremony took place in Grand Ravine in the presence of Commissioner of Port-au-Prince, Michelangelo Gideon, and the lack of real concerned, former bandits and CNDDR.


"The six weapons recovered were operational," said site spokesman for the National Police, the Municipal Commissioner Frantz Lerebours: an AR 18, a weapon of war that had caused harm to police, an M-14, a Another formidable weapon of war, an Uzi, two arms, respectively 32 caliber and 9 minutes. The police can not identify the sixth weapon that was in poor condition. Ammunition were also surrendered to the police.

"It'sa great satisfaction for the police to be able to recover without damage these weapons that were once directed against the population and officials of law enforcement, welcomed the chief commissioner of Port-au - Prince Gideon Michelangelo. Everyone knows what Martissant and Grand Ravine especially represented no longer. A report will be submitted to prosecutors for judicial action. "

The police officer called the other gunmen to follow the example outlined by Adil, Pato, Marxist, Honey, Guy, all former bandits converted. Michelangelo Gideon has focused on strengthening the police presence in the area of Grand Ravine with the establishment of a sub-commission. He looked forward to the support of organized groups like the church to be able to maintain peace in areas at risk while welcoming the leaders of the group Vision for Haiti and the World (VIHAMO).

For its part, the spokesman of the HNP, the Municipal Commissioner Frantz Lerebours, which from the outset authenticated weapons, said that each surrender of weapons by bandits is regarded as a life saved. The six weapons recovered were an important step and it deserves to be taken into consideration, "he said with satisfaction.

"What happened today is a good thing. The police have exercised any pressure on these men to recover the weapons, he said. They decided for themselves to do in repentance for their past acts.

Asked about the monitoring that will the HNP with the weapons recovered, Mr. Lerebours do not know too much. "Firstly, we must secure these weapons while ensuring that they return more outstanding. Then, justice and local authorities will do the rest, "he said.

It should be noted that, apart from these two officers of the national police, no other state authority has been noticed at the ceremony. Officials of the National Commission for Disarmament, decommissioning and reintegration (CNDDR) were conspicuous by their absence.

Furthermore, it was impossible for the press to see the old bandits repented. Joseph Jean-Claude Nasson or alias Adil, alias Max Siprien Marxist Grand Ravine and Pato did not attend the ceremony. They did acknowledge that some individuals before the police arrived. According to some say, be accompanied by police, they need more time to get used to.

VIHAMO officials have indicated that ten bandits were converted during their crusade. According to the general coordinator of the group, Pastor Maxo Joseph, there is no doubt about the spiritual change wrought in the old off-the-law. For now, he said to head for the other risk areas to bring people to change their behavior and disarm.

To access the place where the ceremony took place, he had to walk for more than fifteen minutes across almost all the corridors of Grand Ravine. On the faces of the people who avoided the cameras could read the expression of satisfaction characterized by doubt and uncertainty.

In this densely populated area where buildings are erected anarchic, young people are totally left to themselves. Teenage girls give birth to children. As in other areas of the metropolitan area, the state is absent in Grand Ravine. Without a solid plan of integration, this lull will not last long.

Source: Lenouvelliste (French)
Translation: Levanjiltv (English)

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