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01/18/2010 11:47 PM ID: 82522 Permalink   

Looters Run Amuck in Haiti

 

Amidst people being pulled out of rubble by locals and international forces, looters are ransacking markets, shops and anything they can get their hands on, making it harder for police to do their job.

Rioters in droves, sometimes as many as hundreds, have been seen descending upon Hyppolite market, looting. Police arrived armed with shotguns and assault rifles, and one person in his 30s was shot dead. Utter hopelessness is apparent in people´s faces.

As Haiti is reeling out of the worst calamity in its history, forces are assiduously digging through the debris as survivors help those trapped in the rubble of rock and twisted metal, transporting them on their backs to makeshift clinics.

 
  Source: www.vancouversun.com  
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  6 Comments
  
  Wait, I don´t understand...  
 
Haiti has stuff to loot? News to me.
 
  by: DaReapaMan   01/19/2010 12:19 AM     
  The sad thing is  
 
that when looting starts, the looters take anything- even things that they have no use for. So rather than finding what they can to survive, looters start taking appliances (even though the looters may not have power), furniture (that they cannot use without a house), etc.
 
  by: cranky_paranoid     01/19/2010 01:53 AM     
  @Cranky  
 
very true, you find people amassing stuff that has absolutely no relevance to them in the given time. As you mentioned furniture when you cannot sit on it, nor have a house, or even sell it, as who will buy it??
 
  by: skcusswentrohs     01/19/2010 02:27 AM     
  Reminds me of something else...  
 
Of another natural disaster that happened to a generally poor area.....

And "hungry, destitute people" started stealing stereos, TV´s, and other non-survival items......

Is Kanye going to accuse Obama of not liking black people?

 
  by: moxpearl   01/19/2010 03:50 AM     
  I mean  
 
is it just because the looters are more visible?

I mean because looting is going on all the time, is it just more fun to look at on TV?

I´m going to save a few arguements
1. Its not all that evil to take what you need (water, cortisol for bumps and cuts/bandaids,etc)

2.You do not need to take luxury items such as TV, couch, you get the idea)
 
  by: Mannyishere     01/19/2010 04:08 AM     
  Stuff to Loot  
 
There are (were) 6,000 NGOs in Haiti. All those foreigners have to shop somewhere for their bottled water and Santa Maria tortilla packs, you know.

Usually, I have found, that were there is poverty there are always the rich are not too far away.


 
  by: theironboard     01/19/2010 04:25 AM     
 
 
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