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Video footage shows UN shooting at crowd in Haiti

June 24, 2009

by Kevin Pina

At 1:19-1:21 into the video, you see U.N. soldiers in the back of a pickup shooting at crowd level. Note the plume of gunsmoke to the right of the truck. It is the last shot, fired toward the Cathedral, that killed young Ti Charles. – Video: longmemoryprod
At 1:19-1:21 into the video, you see U.N. soldiers in the back of a pickup shooting at crowd level. Note the plume of gunsmoke to the right of the truck. It is the last shot, fired toward the Cathedral, that killed young Ti Charles. – Video: longmemoryprod
Port au Prince (HIP) – Haiti’s largest privately owned TV station, Radio Tele-Ginen, released video footage today that contradicts denials by the U.N. that they only fired shots into the air during the funeral for Catholic priest Father Gerard Jean-Juste on June 18.

The footage obtained by HIP clearly shows two shots being fired by Brazilian troops from the back of a small pickup truck at crowd level. The first shot was fired in the direction of the front of Haiti’s national cathedral where one of the mourners was killed by a single shot to the head.

The U.N. has since claimed that they were not responsible and that their troops only fired warning shots into the air. They also claimed to have performed an autopsy on the victim and made the assertion that he had been “killed by a rock thrown by the crowd or hit with a blunt object.” Witnesses and journalists have countered that the U.N. is trying to cover up the incident.

This is not the first time U.N. troops in Haiti have been accused of killing innocent Haitians. On July 6, 2005, the U.N. launched a raid on the community of Cite Soleil, where residents accused them of committing a massacre.

U.N. shoots at mourners during funeral for Father Gerard Jean-Juste in Haiti, June 18, 2009

For further background, see:

U.N. “peacekeepers” in Haiti accused of massacre

Another Massacre in Haiti by U.N. Troops

U.N. terror kills Haiti’s children at night

Haiti Information Project (HIP), winner of the Project Censored 2008 Real News Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism, is a non-profit alternative news service providing coverage and analysis of breaking developments in Haiti. Email HIP at HIP@teledyol.net. To learn more, visit www.haitiaction.net.

Shooting after Father Jean-Juste’s Funeral Mass, P-a-P, Haiti…June 18, 2009

This video, taken outside the Cathedral of Port-au-Prince immediately after the funeral for Father Gerard Jean-Juste, allows viewers to feel a part of the crowd. The videographer, identified on YouTube as haitianhearts, comments, “About one minute after I turned off the video, the shots rang out near the cathedral.”


2 thoughts on “Video footage shows UN shooting at crowd in Haiti

  1. HIP

    U.N. denials in Haiti

    by Kevin Pina

    Haitian priest Father Gerard Jean-Juste, a symbol of strength, courage and leadership to a great many, was to be laid to rest by his family, friends and supporters on June 18. Few expected the solemn occasion would be transformed into confusion and terror as U.N. forces opened fire towards Haiti’s national cathedral following the arrest of one of the mourners. A victim of a single gunshot wound to the head would be discovered moments later. Witnesses say his body writhed and convulsed struggling with the inevitable as blood slowly formed a crimson background around his head.

    Jean-Juste would probably not be surprised by the shooting given that he was a leader of Lavalas and this was after all a Lavalas funeral. He would most likely recall many other instances of human rights abuses committed against Lavalas where the U.N. was complicit or directly involved. He would often criticize the U.N. mission in Haiti for killing unarmed civilians in Cite Soleil and for training the Haitian police as they regularly shot up peaceful demonstrations, performed summary executions and falsely arrested Lavalas supporters following the ouster of Aristide in Feb. 2004. Jean-Juste more than most, would understand that this incident is but one more in a long list of violent offenses committed against the movement of the majority of the poor in Haiti as part of the U.N.’s current experiment in political landscaping.

    FULL ARTICLE: http://haitiaction.net/News/HIP/6_30_9/6_30_9.html

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  2. Powwah

    The UN has repeatedly MURDERED,TERRORIZED,and TORTURED the first AFRIKAN REPUBLIC OF HATI.Our people are suffering in this pocket of the diaspora at the hand of an accumilated euro-force of mercenaries posing as peace keepers.We as a people are under attack where ever we are found on this planet,we must support Hati any and every way we can,today its Hati tomorrow its us.

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