Jovenel Moïse, president of Haiti who was shot to death on July 7, was buried this Friday in the town of Cap-Haitien in an eventful ceremony.
Delegations from the United States and other countries had to leave the place in a hurry after shots were heard in protests that detractors of Moïse carried out in the vicinity of the place where the funeral was held.
The police had to release gases to control the protesters, according to the Reuters news agency.
Witnesses cited by the agency said they heard what appeared to be gunshots and smelled gas. No personal injuries have been reported among those attending the ceremony.
Moïse’s mortal remains arrived carried by a group of relatives in a coffin covered with the Haitian national flag.
His body was buried on land owned by his family and where he grew up as a child. His widow, Martine, Moíse, injured in the attack that killed her husband, was among the attendees.
His detractors have carried out protests in Cap-Haitien since the day before, forcing a strong security deployment.
A crime to solve
The president was found dead in his residence on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, on July 7, after a group of heavily armed men stormed the house at dawn.
His wife was injured in the attack and was transferred to a hospital in Miami, in the United States.
Immediately, the Haitian authorities launched a persecution against the group that allegedly perpetrated the assassination.
The police reported that after a confrontation that lasted into the night, they had managed to arrest 18 former Colombian soldiers, whom they accused of committing the murder of Moïse.
Three other alleged Colombian mercenaries were killed, while another five managed to escape and are still on their trail.
The Florida-based Haitian doctor Christian Emmanuel Sanon was also arrested as the alleged mastermind of the conspiracy, in which Senator John Joel Joseph, who is in search and capture, would have played a key role.
Moïse’s chief of security, Dimitri Herard, and another Haitian-American, James Solages, were also arrested.
Moïse’s death shocked Haiti, one of the poorest countries in Latin America and chronically unstable.
The crime aggravated his political crisis and has plunged him into uncertainty, while the world wonders what really happened on July 7 and who is behind the assassination.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.