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Haiti’s fresh protests highlight failure of dialogue with opposition, rising risk of government change over coming year

11 February 2019


For the fourth day in a row, on 10 February, thousands of people demonstrated in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, as well as Gonaives, Port Salut, Jacmel, and Les Cayes.

They were calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse over the economic situation and protesting against corruption, mainly over the alleged misappropriation of funds from Venezuela-led scheme Petrocaribe during the past two administrations (2008-16). Protesters erected barricades with burning tyres, burnt vehicles, and confronted the police using sticks and stones, while the police used tear gas and water cannon. Some demonstrators blocked streets in Pétion-Ville neighbourhood, where most of the expatriate community live, and stoned Moïse's house.

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