Haiti senator opens fire outside parliament, wounds photographer Haiti News Al Jazeera

Haiti senator opens fire outside parliament, wounds photographer Haiti News Al Jazeera Ruling party Senator Jean Marie Ralph Fethiere says he acted in self defence as protesters burst into parliament. A Haitian senator trying to disperse protesters opened fire with a pistol outside parliament on Monday, a photojournalist who was wounded in the shooting said. Senator Jean Marie Ralph Fethiere, a member of Haitis ruling party, said he acted in self defence after opposition protesters burst into the parliament building in the capital Port au Prince to disrupt a session of the Senate. “I defended myself. Legitimate defence is a sacred right,” Fethiere told local media, adding he was unaware a journalist had been injured. The photographer working for The Associated Press suffered a minor injury to his jaw from a bullet shard, according to an AFP journalist who met him. The photographer, who asked not to be named, appeared lucid but in shock and was hospitalised. Prime Minister Fritz William Michel, who was appointed at the end of July, was to appear together with his ministers in the Senate for the ratification of his general policy, an essential step to installing his government. The Senate session was postponed indefinitely after the Monday morning incident. Haitian President Jovenel Moise cancelled his trip to New York, where he was to participate in the United Nations General Assembly, according to a statement released on Monday evening. He was supposed to leave on Sunday but had previously said his departure was postponed pending the installation of the government. Earlier on Monday, several hundred protesters flooded the streets of the capital to express their frustration with Moise, setting up barricades along their path. “We dont want to hear about ratifying the prime minister. We dont have a government problem but a president problem: Jovenel Moise is incompetent,” said Didier Benel as he stood among a crowd made up primarily of young men, many of whom wore masks. “He cant lead and, because of that, our misery is that much greater.” The protesters smashed storefronts and car windows as they crossed the capitals commercial neighbourhoods. At least two vehicles were set on fire, according to an AFP journalist at the scene. At one point, demonstrators clashed with authorities outside a hotel, where members of parliament were falsely rumoured to have been meeting. A nearby store was sacked and set ablaze.

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