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Haiti - Crisis : 7th days of demonstrations, at least 2 dead and thirty wounded
14/02/2019 09:54:21

Haiti - Crisis : 7th days of demonstrations, at least 2 dead and thirty wounded
Activities in the capital remained paralyzed for the seventh consecutive day, when new demonstrations against President Jovenel Moïse took place, enmeshed by violent clashes with the police.

Gunshots, fiery barricades, vandalism, violence and looting were once again the lot of this day when the demonstrations do not seem to falter on the contrary...

Thousands of people demonstrated in several neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince before heading to the National Palace, led by opposition leaders and elected officials including, among others, Moise Jean Charles, Assad Volcy Me André Michel, , Senators Youri Latortue, Evaliere Bauplan, Nenel Cassy and Antonio Cheramy...

Near the National Palace Square Champs violent clashes took place with the security device that responded to throwing stones with tear gas grenades...

Stores have been looted in the city center, several embassies have announced the evacuation of some of their diplomatic staff

The population is at bay it becomes more and more difficult to find where to buy food. Drinking water begins to be scarce in several neighborhoods, buying propane gas for cooking has become a real challenge... Difficulties strretys that seem to want to push more than one to win the concrete alongside the protesters...

At least two people were shot dead, including one near the National Palace and more than 20 people were shot wounded. Robenson Sanon, Reuters journalist and Nouvelliste collaborator was shot in the arm and rushed to Bernard Mevs hospital, more than 15 protesters in Petit-Goâve were shot wounded after a clash with agents of the Departmental Unit of Maintenance of the Order (UDMO) https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-26927-haiti-flash-udmo-agents-shoot-at-the-crowd-in-petit-goave-at-least-15-wounded.html

At the Palace, President Moïse and the Prime Minister remain silent, both on the situation of violence that ignites the country and crescendo, on the victims whose number increases every day...

Jake Johnston, a specialist in the situation in Haiti for the "Center for Economic and Policy Research" (CEPR), a think-tank based in Washington explains "The Government, as well as several foreign embassies of the country, seem to think that the current protests do not are the product of political opponents who seek to gain power, and that the latter will soon run out of money, bringing about a return to normal [...] once again ignore the legitimate demands of the people, it is guaranteeing that the crisis will last," adding "it would be unwise to think that elections alone can solve the current crisis [...] "

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