Government bans BSAP agents from carrying firearms

By Dimitry Charles, Juno7, Jan. 29, 2024

In a statement published on the Ministry of Communication website, the Haitian government has announced a ban on BSAP agents carrying firearms, effective Monday January 29, 2024. 

"In the interest of improving the country's security climate and restoring peace and tranquility for all Haitians, as of the publication of the present, no environmental agent carrying firearms of any kind, and under any pretext, is authorized, in uniform or otherwise, to circulate in the cities", announced the government note.

In addition, the Haitian government led by Prime Minister Ariel Henry is asking all employees and persons attached to the institution to report to the nearest Ministry of the Environment office for a census. The statement emphasized that this decision follows the latest decree published on Tuesday January 23, 2024 creating a technical commission to restructure the Agence Nationale des Aires Protégées (ANAP).

The government is inviting ANAP employees and auxiliaries to remain in the protected areas to which they are assigned to await the new directives of this technical commission plans for the restructuring of ANAP.

The government's decision comes after the town of Ouanaminthe experienced an eventful day following the dismissal of Jeantel Joseph as head of ANAP. Disgruntled agents of the Brigade de Sécurité des Aires Protégées (BSAP) launched a protest movement on Wednesday January 24, 2024 to denounce the dismissal of the ANAP Director General and demand the departure of Prime Minister Ariel Henry. Accompanied by members of the Ouanaminthe population, they attempted to storm the town's departmental customs office, but were pushed back by agents from several PNH units.

 

Translated by CHIP editors

 

Posted Feb. 11, 2024