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Haitians Want an End to Violent UN/MINUSTAH Occupation

The Haitian Blogger
September 7, 2010

Suicide ruled out because none of the teens cervical vertebrae were damaged.

Another incidence of violence involving UN troops occupying Haiti is being reported (Fr.). This latest involves the death (Sp.) of 16-year-old Gérald Jean Gilles. His body was found in the base of Nepalese soldiers of MINUSTAH’s Formed Police Units (FPU) in Cap-Haitien on August 17.

The death is being called a “suicide” by MINUSTAH. A UN spokesperson claims the youth hanged himself. Gilles, who did odd jobs at the base for food and money had been heard by people at the nearby Roi Henri Christophe hotel shouting, “They’re strangling me.”

This year alone there have been a number of incidents of violence involving UN troops leading up to this latest alleged torture and killing of young Gérard Jean Gilles.

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