Haitians protest outside the U.S. embassy in Port-au-Prince to demand the release of Haitian Senator-elect Guy Philippe, who was arrested and extradited to the United States last week. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A group of protesters gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince on Friday (January 13) to demand the release of Haitian Senator-elect Guy Philippe, who was arrested and extradited to the United States last week. Philippe, long wanted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and remembered for his role in a 2004 coup against former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was elected senator for the southwestern Grand'Anse region in polls on Nov. 20. But earlier this month just days before he was supposed to be sworn in, police arrested him outside of a radio station and flew him to the United States, where a Miami court charged him with money laundering and drug trafficking. Philippe denies the charges. "We demand that the Americans free Guy Philippe. We don't need Americans. We can live here. Without Guy Philippe we cannot live. We have fought for Guy Philippe," demanded this unidentified protester. Philippe's supporters say his detention was executed by traitors. The embassy protest comes after reports that Philippe supporters attacked two U.S. citizens who ran an orphanage and stole their passports and other belongings from their home in connect with the extradition, police officials said. Police have evacuated more than 50 U.S. citizens to safer places in Haiti who advised those who chose to stay not to leave their residences, according to officials.