June 04, 2020
On Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, Haitian nationals refused to eat any food provided until they were given a date for their departure flight into Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
However, they were not all in agreement for the ‘hunger strike’, hence, the altercation among themselves in Dormitory #1. It is to be noted that no detainee breached the common area of the dorms.
During the altercation, a fence was damaged. Officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force was called to assist. It has been recommended that the eight (8) Haitian nationals involved be charged before the Magistrate’s Court this week for ‘destruction of government property’.
Their repatriation was postponed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current population of the Detention Centre is one hundred thirty-three (133), of which seventy-five (75) are Haitian nationals.
We wish to remind the general public that we are committed to executing the mandates of our agency by effectively coordinating efforts with other Law Enforcement agencies to ensure compliance with the Statute Laws of our country.