Haiti - FLASH : Violent protest against the budget and the Head of State
The opposition accuses the government and parliamentarians of wanting to give priority to the rich and the politicians "leaving almost nothing to the poor", describing these measures as harmful to the most vulnerable and criticizing the Government for not creating jobs...
The demonstration paralyzed several parts of the capital and traffic in the city center was difficult if not impossible because of the stone throwing and the burning tires on the roads. In several hight tension areas, several cars were vandalized or burnt down (Turgeau, avenue Christophe, avenue Lamartinière among others) and the windows of many shops were broken by demonstrator (Délimart, Digicel, l’Hotel Marriott...)
The demonstration, which had begun in several places in a peaceful manner, rapidly degenerated. Protesters erected barricades of burning tires on the road of Delmas, destroying while passing posters of the Head of State. The protesters wanted to go to Pétion-Ville before heading for the Champ de March to the presidential palace, which some of them threatened to burn down.
The security forces intervened to prevent the movement and used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the demonstrators who were vandalizing everything they found on their way, dragging branches, stones and carcasses on the road. Law enforcement officials found it very difficult to restore order and used rubber bullets, under the stones of demonstrators, some of them carrying firearms according to testimony.
The situation is widespread in the downtown area. Barricades of inflamed tires have been erected at Nazon, Lalue, Martin Luther King Avenue, Turgeau, Oswald Durand Street, Magloire Ambroise Avenue, Pavee Street
Several wounded were reported...
Moïse Jean Charles urged the Head of State not to publish the budget in the official newspaper "Le Moniteur", reserving itself after evaluation, to call for new demonstrations if necessary...
In a note at the end of the day, Léon Rossard Saint-Cyr, Secretary of State for Public Security, condemned with the utmost rigor "the acts of violence and vandalism perpetrated during the demonstration Tuesday 12 September 2017"
Expressing his support for the victims, he "affirms his firmness face of these unacceptable acts, while stressing that the deliberate deterioration will be prosecuted with condemnation of the perpetrators. In order to avoid the repetition of such acts and to guarantee the safety of lives and property, the Bureau assures the population that arrangements will be made by the Authorities."