Four dead, dozens injured in protests –Haiti

Demonstrators in Haiti

At least four people have been killed and dozens injured following a four-day protest in the capital Port-au-Prince and other cities, Haiti.

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The demonstrations are aimed at ousting President Jovenel Moise from power over corruption.

According to BBC News opposition demonstrators have burnt tyres and thrown stones across major cities.

Thousands of Haitians have taken to the streets accusing Mr Moise and other officials of corruption.

Mayors in several cities have been forced to cancel carnival festivities due in early March, following the unrest.

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Mr Moise - who has been in power since 2017 - has called for talks with the opposition, to no avail so far.

Opposition groups called for protests after a court report alleged that officials and former ministers had misappropriated development loans made by Venezuela to Haiti after 2008.

Country’s stability

The report also suggested that President Moise had been involved in irregularities.

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Haiti is the poorest country in the Caribbean and 60% of the population live on less than $2 (£1.53) a day.

Chronic instability, dictatorships and natural disasters in recent decades have left it as the poorest nation in the Americas.

An earthquake in 2010 killed more than 200,000 people and caused extensive damage to infrastructure and the economy.

A UN peacekeeping force was put in place in 2004 to help stabilize the country, and only withdrew in 2017.

 

Source: BBC News

Edited by Wycliffe Musalia



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