Chaos on tarmac at Haiti’s main airport after US deports migrants

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Thousands of Haitians have fled the country due to a combination of political instability following the assassination of the president in August and the earthquake that same month. 1,200 people died.

Furious Haitians crowd the tarmac at Port-au-Prince airport after being dropped from an deportation flight, saying they were given little prior notice, a reporter at the scene told Granthshala.

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Witnesses told Reuters that a group of men ran back to a plane after landing, with one man trying to get back on board.

“I’m angry with the government. We were told in prison that the Haitian government had signed on to send us back to Haiti. They’re all bad guys, they’re officials,” said Yarni Melidor, 45, who was on an earlier flight. Arrived, Reuters reported.


Journalist Erlen Ofte Arntsen told Granthshala about the people she spoke to at the airport in Port-au. – Prince on Tuesday.

Ernstein said the migrants were angered by what he described as prison-like conditions in American holding centres, having been detained before being taken back.

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“He had to live in very close quarters for days, one meal a day, not being able to take a bath. And he didn’t even know he was being sent back to Haiti before yesterday. He thought they might be going in another [place of] Imprisonment,” Arsen said.

The US Department of Homeland Security acknowledged the “disruption on the tarmac” in Port-au-Prince, saying Haitian crowd control officials resolved the situation.

“On Tuesday, September 21, some adult migrants caused two separate disruptions on the tarmac after landing in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haitian crowd control officials responded to both incidents and resolved the situations. ICE Completed “To express our opinion peacefully while continuing our immigration enforcement mission in line with our priorities, federal law and agency policy,” a DHS spokesperson told Granthshala.

With additional reporting from Reuters.


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