Port-au-Prince, Haiti (AB) – The leader of a powerful Haitian mob said on Friday it would lift a ban on fuel supplies that have caused a crisis in hospitals, gas stations and water supplies in the country’s capital.
G9 gang leader Jimmy “Barbecue” Cericier held a press conference and announced that for seven days hospitals, schools and gas stations would be allowed to send trucks to the gas station in the harbor.
However he acknowledged that their suspension was temporary and called for the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who has been accused of plotting to assassinate President Jovnell Moss on July 7. Cerisier added that the port would be closed again in a week and kept intact until Henry resigned.
Following Chérizier’s announcement, the Associated Press arrived at the port with two tanker trucks refueled and chased without incident.
The capital and much of the country were paralyzed last month as the G9 closed the gateway to the port where fuel is stored and distributed.
Police and the military seem unable to confront the G9 and other gangs, and the closure of gas stations has paralyzed much of the already dangerous economy.
Hospitals are said to be sending patients back due to lack of generators, many buses have stopped running and banks, government offices and schools have been closed due to lack of transport facilities. Water pumping stations were affected by fuel shortages.
Truck, bus and taxi drivers frustrated by the fuel shortage protested.
The G9 group was one of several gangs that besieged the country’s capital, and thousands fled from criminal-controlled neighborhoods.
One such group has been kidnapping 17 members of the Ohio-based Ministry of Christian Aid Missionary Group since October 16 and demanding millions of dollars in ransom.
This week, the U.S. government urged U.S. citizens to leave Haiti due to insecurity and fuel shortages. Canada announced on Friday that it was removing all staff from its embassy except essential staff.