Thousands of Haitians took to the streets on Thursday against economic misery in the latest challenge to President Jovenel Moise amid months of protests over corruption.
Demonstrators want Moise to resign for failing to investigate alleged corruption in the previous administration over Petrocaribe, a Venezuelan subsidized energy program.
The Superior Court of Auditors last week released a report linking former ministers and senior officials to economic mismanagement and the possible misappropriation of funds loaned to the country from Venezuela since 2008.
The report also named a company that was formerly headed by Moise as a recipient of funds from a road construction project that never had a signed contract.
Thousands of people protested in the capital Port-au-Prince
Some of the demonstrations turned violent as protesters clashed with police who shot tear gas and live ammunition into the air. In the capital Port-au-Prince several cars were torched, including four police vehicles.
At least one person died and 14 police officers were injured, National Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers said.
Opposition leader Moise Jean Charles called for protests to continue over the next days until the president resigns.
“We will not stop, we will continue on the 8th and 9th of February to finish with President Jovenel Moise,” the opposition leader said. “If Jovenel Moise does not want to step down from power we are going to name an interim president in the coming days.”
cw/aw(AFP, AP, dpa)
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