President Jovenel Moise’s body was laid to rest in his hometown today two weeks after his assassination
– His widow Martine arrived to cries of ‘Justice! Justice!’ and she headed straight to her husband’s casket
– Her right arm in a sling, she lay her left on the casket, then brought it to her heart as she choked back tears.
– Unrest has gripped the Caribbean island nation since the July 7 killing which has been shrouded in mystery
The funeral for the assassinated Haitian president Jovenel Moise was marred by gunfire from protesters today after they chanted ‘Justice! Justice!’ amid the unrest sparked by the killing two weeks ago.
The US delegation were forced to flee as shots rang out around the former president’s family home with the violent scenes that have rocked the Caribbean island for the past two weeks spilling into the ceremony today.
Widow Martine arrived to cries of ‘Justice! Justice!’ as she headed straight to her husband’s casket, climbing the stairs and stopping in front of it. Her right arm in a sling, she lay her left arm on the casket and then brought it to her heart as she stood there in silence. Her eyes filled with tears as her three children joined her.
Minutes later, a group of supporters grabbed a large portrait of Moïse and paraded with it as the police band began to play the national anthem over loud wails.
Earlier, cries of ‘Assassin!’ filled the air at the arrival of Haiti’s National Police Chief León Charles. Haitians clad in somber suits, shiny shoes and black and white formal dresses shouted and pointed fingers at the neighboring seating platforms where Haitian officials and foreign dignitaries sat above at least a dozen men with high-powered weapons.
‘You didn’t take any measures to save Jovenel! You contributed to his killing!’ one woman yelled.
On the grounds below, one Moïse supporter threatened Charles: ‘You need to leave now or we’re going to get you after the funeral!’