Dignitaries rush to cover themselves as protests erupt at Haitian president's funeral

Dignitaries rush to cover themselves as protests erupt at Haitian president’s funeral

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti – A US delegation and other dignitaries rushed to vehicles as reports of gunfire and crowd control gas used on protesters outside the late president’s funeral Haitian Jovenel Moise Friday.

Witnesses smelled the gas and heard detonations which they believed to be gunshots. There were no immediate reports of injuries among protesters or authorities, and no indication that any guests at the funeral were in danger.

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A marching band and a church choir opened the Moise ceremony a few minutes earlier before his wife’s eyes, two weeks after a still unexplained assassination at their home by foreign mercenaries.

Four porters in military uniform stood guard around the closed wooden coffin, draped with a Haitian flag, on a platform adorned with white flowers.

Spectators dressed in formal black outfits stood up to sing a psalm during the Roman Catholic ceremony.

US President Joe Biden’s Ambassador to the United Nations led the US delegation to Cap-Haitien to pay tribute to Moise, joining mourners who participated in a series of commemorations in Haiti this week.