HAITI (CBS) — Haitian demonstrators protesting against crime in the city of Les Cayes set fire to a plane belonging to the American missionary group Agape Flights on Tuesday, according to local media.
In videos posted on social media, protesters can be seen climbing to the top of the plane and later pushing it onto the airport runway.
READ MORE: Windy and dry conditions fueling the West Dade bushfire
Protesters entered the local airport in Les Cayes, in Haiti’s southern peninsula, even though police fired tear gas to prevent them from entering, Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste reported on its website.
READ MORE: Dog owners are warned about the spread of a highly contagious virus in South Florida
A spokeswoman for Agape Flights, a missionary group based in Venice, Florida, which flies mail and humanitarian supplies to Caribbean countries, said ground crew were safe and preparations were underway. course to get them back to the United States safely.
It was not immediately clear why the protesters targeted the plane.
NO MORE NEWS: Crash investigation finds Tire Sampson’s seat was locked when he fell to his death during a thrill ride in Orlando
The incident follows peaceful protests in other parts of the country in which activists have called on Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s government to do more to tackle gang violence, including the ongoing kidnappings.