[Translation of an article from Haïti Liberté for October 13. See original article here.]
by Yves Pierre-Louis
On Friday, October 7, during a demonstration by a coalition of social organizations, a professor of mathematics and physics, Jean Philibert Louis, was killed by a police woman identified as badge number UD-0210, who was traveling in a Mazda vehicle registered as 1-450, assigned to the Unité Départementale de Maintien d’Order (UDMO – Departmental Unit for the Maintenance of Order). This criminal act occurred in front of the Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale et la Formation Professionnelle (MENFP – National Ministry of Education and Professional Development), in the center of the capital, as the crowd of demonstrators was approaching to voice their demands.
The UDMO agent fired teargas grenades to disperse the crowd, which resulted in injuries to two persons. Thirty-five-year-old Jean Philibert Louis was seriously injured with a bullet in the head. Taken to the Hôpital de l’Université d’État d’Haïti (HUEH – Hospital of the State University of Haiti), he died several hours later, on Saturday morning. Another slightly injured man named Jean Pierre Edouard, who was not one of the demonstrators, was also struck in the head. He was at the ministry to claim a certificate of completion of studies. In shock, he stated, “I did not participate in the demonstration. I was wounded in the head by the police.” (more…)