Protests Erupt in Port-au-Prince to Demand Haitian President’s Resignation

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Protesters during a march against the government of President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, June 9, 2019. (REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares).

Thousands of Haitians took to the streets of Port-au-Prince on June 9 to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse over allegations of corruption. The president’s ousting has been the focus of months of protest.

Protestors, led by demonstrators on motorcycles, flooded the capital’s city center and built barricades of burning tires, Al Jazeera reported. Opposition parties and civil society groups organized the rallies after government auditors uncovered additional evidence of large-scale corruption.

Moïse has faced increasing challenges to his authority over the past year. In February, Moïse was called to resign after he failed to investigate allegations of corruption in the previous government over the Venezuelan subsidized energy program PetroCaribe. Haitian officials have been accused of embezzling millions of dollars from the development fund that aimed to help…

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