Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

‘Play for Peace’ Soccer Match Turns Into Massacre

‘Play for Peace’ Soccer Match Turns Into Massacre BY REED LINDSAY SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Newsday August 28, 2005 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The crowd applauded when camouflaged and black-hooded police officers entered a packed soccer match in the hillside slum of Martissant on Saturday afternoon a week ago. They assumed the officers were there to provide security. Suddenly, the officers ordered the 6,000 spectators to the ground of the walled, dirt field. Gunshots rang out and people began to run for the only exit. Police began firing wantonly, witnesses said, and outside, civilians armed with machetes and more police officers attacked those trying to flee the chaos. Some people were shot and killed by police, according to witnesses and family members; others were hacked to pieces by the machete-wielding civilians. The “Play for Peace” soccer match, financed and sponsored by USAID, an […]

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