Canada sends military equipment to Haiti as power struggle continues

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The federal government has sent armored vehicles and other supplies to Haiti to help police fight a powerful gang amid a pending request from the Haitian government for the immediate deployment of foreign troops.

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Coordinated Delivery is a joint operation between Canada and the United States

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The standoff between a powerful gang federation and Haiti’s government is testing how much power both sides wield and threatens to further derail a paralyzed country where millions of people struggle to find fuel and water.

Canada said in a statement to the US that it remains committed to supporting the Haitian National Police and its efforts to train more officers.

The equipment arrived more than a month after one of Haiti’s most powerful gangs surrounded a fuel terminal and demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

Demonstrators also blocked roads in major cities to protest a sharp rise in fuel prices after Henry announced in early September that his administration could no longer afford to subsidize fuel.

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