The leader of Haiti’s Senate has called on Prime Minister Brian Walsh to resign following a failed coup attempt over the weekend that left several people dead.
Speaking to reporters Sunday afternoon, the official said that the coup attempt was a “brainchild” of the sitting government and warned, “the government will not tolerate any forms of rebellion.”
Andrew Mennon, a spokesman for Haiti’s government, said no official comment would be made at this time.
The Raboteau de Fatima — Raboteau’s neighborhood is named after the indigenous Raboteau people — was evacuated Saturday after the leader of the attack died.
A Facebook post Sunday afternoon by the business and political association Sons of Raboteau described the incident as an “auspicious attack by a coterie of political and business leaders against the government of Prime Minister Brian Walsh.”
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that an apartment in the district was ransacked. Some residents reportedly set themselves on fire in an attempt to escape.
The government official told reporters Sunday that some men boarded a bus and began attacking residents, saying they were trying to arrest people.
The group began spraying a number of businesses with bullets but fled after being surprised by police, according to the official.
The prime minister was evacuated from the capital, Port-au-Prince, on Saturday morning, while the U.S. embassy asked Americans to remain indoors.
Mark Kent, the United States ambassador to Haiti, said in a tweet that security forces had been contacted in a failed attempt to disperse crowds from protests over inflation and public service cuts. He said the situation was under control and the embassy was not on lockdown.