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Haitian Police, Protesters Clash; President Calls For Unity


A motorcyclist uses his feet to slide tires into place for a barricade during a protest to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, October 17, 2020. The country is currently going through a political deadlock without a parliament and is now fully managed by decree under Moise. (AP Photo / God Nalio Chery)

Haitian police fired rubber bullets and tear gas on Saturday to disperse anti-government protesters who blocked roads and burned down the capital, PortauPrince. Several people were injured.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti: Haitian police fired rubber bullets and tear gas on Saturday to disperse anti-government protesters who blocked roads and set fire to the capital, Port-au-Prince. Several people were injured.

It was the latest stir in more than a year of protests calling for President Jovenel Mose’s resignation for corruption. Haiti is currently going through a political impasse without a parliament and is now managed by decree under Mose.

The president marked Saturday by calling for unity and laying a wreath on the 214th anniversary of the death of Haiti’s first independent leader, Jean-Jacque Dessalines.

Many Haitians criticize the government’s response to the pandemic, alleging that authorities have not done enough to provide treatment to those affected, or have offered economic support to those who have lost their jobs due to a national lockdown aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the poor country.

Police have staged their own protests this year, demanding better wages and working conditions. In February, police exchanged gunfire with Haitian soldiers outside the National Palace where police were protesting working conditions.

Earlier this year, a scathing report from the United Nations accused Haitian police of corruption and failing to protect the population.

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