This is footage from Radio Tele-Ginen, Haiti's largest privately owned television station, that captured the UN shooting at crowd level from the back of a small pickup truck on June 18, 2009.
Mourners had just left Haiti's national cathedral to begin a procession when Brazilian troops with the UN attempted to arrest Denis Fernand of Bel-Air. During the arrest the Brazilian soldiers are followed by the crowd and they begin firing into the air while turning to face them.
Afterward, they withdraw with the arrested man as the crowd runs for cover and we hear several more shots fired off camera. We then see a white pickup truck slowly pull out driving away from the cathedral. As they move away we can see two shots that are fired from the back of the truck.The camera captures both shots.
After the first shot is fired from the back of the truck we see a horizontal plume of gun smoke that clearly shows the firearm was discharged at crowd level (1:19). The first shot is immediately followed by a second muzzle flash and audio of a shot fired towards the camera and in the direction of the cathedral (1:21).
Thirty seconds after the second shot is fired it becomes clear that a victim is discovered (1:51) with what appears to be a gunshot wound to the head (other photographs and video will soon published that show more details of the victim).
The trajectory of the shots, timing and condition of the victim are not consistent with U.N. claims that:
1. They ONLY fired into the air and therefore their troops are not responsible for the death
2. That the victim was felled by a rock thrown by the crowd or was hit from behind by a blunt instrument
At minimum, the U.N. must be held accountable by submitting to an independent autopsy of the victim's body and the release of the full results of their own investigation to the public. This should be done immediately as the body of the victim continues to decompose.
This tragedy is another in a long list of shootings targeting Lavalas events and demonstrations in which the U.N. stands complicit and ultimately responsible. They stood by, watched and turned a blind eye for years as the Police Nationale d' Haiti (PNH) and their sharpshooters picked off peaceful demonstrators with high-powered rifles. June 14 was the fifth anniversary of the current U.N. military mission in Haiti and four days later their presence is commemorated with more Lavalas blood in the streets.
Finally the truth comes out and the U.N. lie is exposed:
Protester killed in UN clash was slain by bullet, autopsy finds