A photojournalist and a security guard were hit by shots fired by the senator against a crowd closing the exit of the Haitian parliament
Two men were shot by a senator who opened fire during a protest in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on Monday (23). The demonstration was taking place before the Haitian parliament, which is trying to approve the appointment of a new prime minister.
According to witnesses, Jean Marie Ralph Féthière, a senator from the north of the country, pulled his gun while arguing with protesters as he tried to leave parliament and fired. He hit two gravelly men.
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One of the injured is photojournalist Chery Dieu-Nalio, who left with a jaw wound. The other was the security guard and driver Leon Leblanc, who was taken to a hospital.
In a radio interview, the senator claimed to have been attacked by protesters and said he defended himself, but did not admit the shooting. “Militants tried to get me out of my car, so I defended myself,” he said.
Féthière also said she did not know that one of those affected would be a journalist, but the images show that Chery Dieu-Nalio wore a helmet and a bulletproof vest with the name “press” written.
The incident marked the second day of protests before the Haitian parliament, which is trying to confirm Fritz-William Michel as the country’s prime minister in the midst of one of the biggest political and economic crises in recent years.
According to The Guardian, President Jovenel Moise is trying to hasten Michel’s appointment so that he can leave the country and attend the UN General Assembly. The trip should have started on Sunday, but had to be postponed.
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