At least a dozen Suspected Haitian gang members were lynched and had their bodies set on fire by an angry mob in Port-au-Prince on Monday.
Haitian police spokesperson Gary Desrosiers announced that a van carrying the gang members was stopped by police, with those inside being arrested. However, before officers could move the suspects, a large crowd descended on the scene and began beating and stoning the suspects to death. The crowds then burned the bodies in the street.
The incident comes amid days of increased violence in the Haitian capital, where gangs carried out attacks against residents and raids on local homes. One person told AFP that people were fed up, stating that “We will defend ourselves, we too have our own weapons, we have our machetes, we will take their weapons, we will not flee.”