US Ambassador to UN hurriedly leaves Haiti after gunshots heard at President’s funeral
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield cut short her visit to Haiti on Friday after gunshots were heard at the funeral of slain President Jovenel MoÃ¯se, a senior official told NBC News administration.
Thomas-Greenfield and his delegation have left Haiti safely and are on their way to the United States, the official confirmed.
As the group left earlier than expected, the senior administration official said the ambassador was able to meet Haitian leaders at the funeral, including new Prime Minister Ariel Henry and Claude Joseph, who has just left. his position.
“Our delegation is here to bring a message to the Haitian people: you deserve democracy, stability, security and prosperity, and we are by your side in this time of crisis,” Thomas-Greenfield said in an earlier statement. Friday.
âSo, we come here in solidarity with the Haitian people at this difficult time. And also, it is important that we share our condolences with First Lady Martine MoÃ¯se and her family. But we also come to show our support for democracy and the democratic process. “
The sound of gunfire was first reported by Reuters.
The funeral of the assassinated president came amid fear among Haitians that the current political instability could lead to more violence in the Caribbean nation.
The wife of the late president, Martine MoÃ¯se, paid a last tribute to her husband amid cries of âJustice! Justice!”
Her right arm still in a sling from the deadly bombing of June 26, the widow put her left hand in the coffin before bringing it to her heart. She watched in tears a moment of silence with her three children.
Outside the ceremony, protesters clashed with police as gunfire erupted and tear gas and black smoke flooded the heavily guarded compound.
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David K. Li and The Associated Press contributed.