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Haiti’s descent into hell

By Pooja Bhatia

10 May 2023 · 14 min read

Editor's Note

Once a symbol of black liberation, Haiti has collapsed into anarchy. Now many see foreign intervention as their only hope. The New Statesman reports from a country that's "in a state of siege."

The lynching happened in broad daylight, and it was widely cheered.

On the morning of 24 April, police detained a busload of passengers in the Port-au-Prince neighbourhood of Canapé Vert, rounding them up as suspected gang members. The men were reportedly face down on the ground when ordinary citizens, sick in every way from years of violence, terror and powerlessness, began to murder them. According to a witness, they beat and stoned the suspects, before burning them alive.

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