Witnesses: Men in police garb massacred civilians in Haiti

In this Dec. 10, 2018 photo, police guard an alleged gang member to keep the crowd from attacking him outside a police station in the La Saline slum o

In this Dec. 10, 2018 photo, police guard an alleged gang member to keep the crowd from attacking him outside a police station in the La Saline slum o

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Witnesses have told The Associated Press that men in police uniforms slaughtered at least 21 unarmed men in the Haitian capital in November. The act reveals a startling erosion of security since U.N. peacekeepers ended their 13-year mandate in October 2017 because conditions had supposedly improved.

Some say the killers were gang members working with corrupt police. Others accuse government officials of orchestrating the Nov. 13 massacre to head off anti-corruption protests in an opposition stronghold.

Port-au-Prince residents and activists say the number of 'no-go" zones controlled by armed gangs has grown to at least half a dozen since the departure of the heavily armed U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti.

A smaller U.N. mission has been training an expanding police force. But officers are widely seen as corrupt and inefficient.