November 18th, 2010
02:29 PM ET

iReporter: Haitian residents form anti-U.N. police force

Protesters hurl stones at U.N. peacekeepers in Cap Haitien on Wednesday.

Young men frustrated with the United Nations presence in Haiti have become a self-appointed police force in Cap Haitien, setting up “checkpoints” every hundred yards on main roads and keeping an eye out for anybody who appears to be a foreigner, according to a CNN iReporter in the city.

“They feel like they’re an occupied territory,” the iReporter said of those manning the roadblocks Thursday. “They’ve just had enough. They’ve decided that they want their own police force. They’ve created their own community police department."

Protesters this week took over the streets of Cap Haitien to protest what they say is the U.N.'s role in the nation's cholera epidemic.

Approaching a roadblock feels like something from an old Western movie, the iReporter said.

As the traveler approaches, women and children “vanish; they just disappear.” At night, the checkpoints are lit only by burning tires. Men wielding machetes surround the traveler. Some demand money before they let anyone pass. Others, upon learning the iReporter is there to get their story to the world, share their complaints and details of their plight. Others are simply angry, letting the iReporter pass begrudgingly with shouts and menacing stares.

Those who do want to get their story out are articulate and passionate, according to the iReporter, but they say they have little to look forward to in impoverished Haiti.

“They are very frustrated young men who really have no future,” the iReporter said.

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  1. jimmy

    this news about UN spreading Cholera is spread by EU who is threatened by North-America using UN forces instead of EU forces in Asia, Africa, etc. EU does not dislike UN forces per say, but it hates synergy of North America with UN.

    similar sort of negative propaganda is happening against north-Americans in Africa/Asia/etc

    November 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. j rob

    Get out of Haiti. The U N should demand their 164 milllion in aide back too

    November 18, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |

      sorry its being put to use already

      November 19, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Do you mean all the money that was promised by the UN and other countries that were never actually given to the the people who needed it the most. give me a break rob.

      November 28, 2010 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. s reeves

    I agree with you rob. If they don't want us there we should get out. But for that 164 million we won't see that again because their government probably spent it already.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |

      yes they have
      you people are terrible
      i guess your parents never taught you that a gift is a gift when you give a gift you dont ask back for it
      and Donations are mostly Anonymous
      just like a TRUE GENTLEMAN NEVER tells
      i am sure you re the Trailer Trash type Americans but not the Classy ones

      November 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big E

      well if we can't get the "gift" back....then at least it should be noted for future. NO MORE GIFTS for Haiti. if they don't want help...and are going to "police" it themselves.......let them.....some things are humanitarian and that is all it is meant to be. If people can't figure that out......?? what harm is there in helping those in need, fighting a deadly disease......helping after a major natural disaster etc etc etc.....? I guarantee, if help wasn't there after any of these things.......there would be heII to pay I am sure... pretty hypocritical I think.

      November 29, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. kim

    They should get it together and solve there own problems and help their own people stop relying on people that have their own agenda and are self serving. Take this oppertunity rebuild their country for the haitian people.

    November 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • David


      First this country has nothing to rebuild with period. The UN needs to put preasure on the government to push through the thousands of puonds of goods they are holding in the ports. As with most countrys that are poor and desperate the government is corrupt. Nothing the people can realy do about this. The people need help rebuilding. They want us to show them how and support them not do it for them. Why dont you jump a plane and visit this country. I did. Dont sit at your desk and pass judgement on these people.

      December 1, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. s reeves

    It also ticks me off that we go into the country to help them out and in return we get treated like that. Like kim said we need to get of there country and let them deal with it.

    November 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |

      That s because KIM is a $LUT... and we know you want a date with her

      November 19, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Totally agree with you ladies. Stop promising money that is never given to the people. Stop occupying their country for our own evil intentions and dressing it all up by saying were giving aid to the people who so despretaly need it. They were fine be for we got there and they'll be way better off if we leave. UN soldiers raping young Haitian girls and this country taking the last of there natural resources is not considered AID incase you didnt know!!

      November 28, 2010 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Big E

      let me guess are either in Haiti or are Haitian ....... if not, then you are just another cyber d bag....

      if so, then it makes sense that you cannot compose a complete, clear sentence and/or post a comment that actually states an opinion, some facts, and leave it at that without having to show your true sub-human mentality. Keep up the good work....devote your energy to things like this instead of actually doing something to help out those in need....You truly are one of God's great creatures.

      November 29, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. scott steinbrecher

    Burning tires? This is beyond third world. Pull out now, and let them continue to devolve since that's what they want. Let them take care of their mess. Give us our money back too, while they are at it! Ungrateful lot.

    November 19, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |

      Sure we ll give you those bounced Cheques
      Back some are already in the MAIL

      November 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ed

    ALL TRIBALS NEED WAS/IS TO MAINTAIN their population and remained close to nature that survived them for centuries. All this changed.

    If common sense prevailed, the tribals in Nigeria/etc could have sensed that their Tribal life is/was self-sustaining, green, organic, non-polluting and healthy for their current population numbers and the planet.

    Any un-natural change in that fine balance of their "population numbers and lifestyle" with the nature will have an impact like a pack of cards falling apart. Unbalance.

    Then came along the MODERN developmental and missionary minded people who said, we will prevent natural checks on your population, modernize your food packaging, food supply, build houses, house washrooms (not the natural ones) and also increase your population. They almost provided them an urban life until those aid/donation lasted with their service fees and Saviour marketing propaganda. Those donations never accounted for increased population and rising maintenance cost and more demands for an expensive Urban lifestyle (which in very un-tribal).

    Of-course, all this has ripped the tribal natural way of life and faith. Population went out of bounds and when aid/charity dropped, it choked the life system. People went into crime, riots, sanitation problems,ghettos, etc.

    Going back in time, these people were better and much happier being tribal with feathers and their tribal dance.

    China was very aggressive to control their population number in proportion to their resources.

    This is the problem with Nigeria/etc. Medicines and doctors sent by missionary/aid have worsened the crisis in some communities who don't know how to feed those extra people. These tribals did not know how to control their population and builds shortages when aid decreases.

    It has increased crimes, elders say we never had such huge surge in population in our tribal communities until these missionaries arrived. It has also created sanitation problems due population surge and lifestyle becoming more urbanized

    November 19, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. brian d

    ANIMALS!!!! i say get all americans outta there cut off all transportion to and from there Go back in a yr and see whats left whatevers left nuke em and and then turn it into a vacation spot and call it LIKEY instead of haiti

    November 19, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |

      NUke us that s only IRAN or China don t nuke you first
      America is getting to be Hated every where in the world

      November 19, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Islander

    This has gone on forever... Why has Dominican Republic always shunned the Haitians and not allow them to enter their part of the same island? Why don't the Dominican Republic give the Haitians money, food, houses, medical assistance, clothes, shoes?

    November 19, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |

      Because Those SP!CS are buttkisser if our skin was white they
      because they d want the world to see
      i dont like those SP!CS just like how they dont like us

      November 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Florida Guy

    I personally can't stand Haiti. It's such a terrible country thats eating itself. You looked good to help them during their stupid earthquake but now that they're back to killing each other, you've done all you need to. Go ahead and pull out.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dashabi

    This has been happening since day one. What a joke!

    November 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LadyKarelle

    ‎...awesome Johnny !!!...

    November 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jameed

    in the name of allah the merciful the compassionate. this cholera is mostly the fault of hindoo nepalese troops in haiti. Ameen

    November 25, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • hdlv

      Cholera has nothing to do with UN troops from any foreign land nor any "God" for that matter. It is only about contaminated water, fecal matter and filth. Those who say otherwise betray a total lack of education rather like the Haitians, I afraid. Expressing an opinion is one thing however writing pure fiction quite another. Might I suggest that you use google to search for more reliable information on the subject. I can assure you that you will NOT find any reference to UN troops.

      November 28, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • p thom

      Jameed, are we talking about the pediophile, wife beater . Well bless my soul , from where I sit Allah sure looks like a gang thug. Compassion my ass, You and your crowd have been swindled and banboozled.

      December 1, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hdlv

    This story is proof positive of the adverse and uncontrolled impact of a largely uneducated population. Why does the world community continue to help a nation whose citizens do not appear to help themselves? Why are Haitian citizens allowing their youth to create more havoc and destruction in an already distressed land? Where are their mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, clergy and law enforcement? Indeed, maybe it is time to pull out. The silence of the citizenry on the subject is deafening. Oh by the way, who will be cleaning up the mess they have left in their unconscious youthful wake?

    November 28, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |