PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Haitian police on Saturday fired rubber bullets and tear gas to oust protesters from the government who blocked roads and set fire to the capital, Port-au-Prince . Many people were injured.
This is the latest riot in more than a year of protests calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse due to corruption charges. Haiti is currently experiencing a political issue that will not be discussed without a parliament and is now run by an order under Moïse.
The president marked Saturday by appealing for unity and crowning the 214th anniversary of the death of Haiti’s first independent leader Jean-Jacque Dessalines.
Many Haitians have criticized the government’s pandemic response, saying authorities have not yet done so to provide treatment for those affected, or offer economic support for those who have lost their jobs due to a national lockdown aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 in impoverished countries.
Police have staged their own protests this year, demanding better pay 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 painful United Nations report accused Haitian police of corruption and failure to protect the population.