Gangs expand territory as Haiti government struggles to stay in control

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Reuters

By Gessika Thomas and Brian Ellsworth PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – When Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry attempted on Sunday to lead a ceremony commemorating the death of one of the country’s founding fathers, his delegation was met with a volley of gunfire that forced officials to withdraw. It was a further sign of the growing power of the Caribbean nation’s gangs, who on Saturday kidnapped a group of Christian missionaries traveling near the capital, Port-au-Prince. Gangs have become more comfortable committing crimes outside the territory they control since the assassination of President Jo…

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