Haiti protest turns violent, plane set on fire – CBS Miami

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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