Haiti: Thousands March Against Corruption and for Better Living Conditions- Dozens Wounded, Many Killed

Thousands march in Haiti demanding accountability for officials involved in the alleged misuse of funds from an oil assistance program sponsored by Venezuela, additionally protesters demanded better living conditions, access to health, education, and an end to corruption in the government.

An investigation by Haiti’s Senate revealed alleged embezzlement by former government officials. The investigation published in August accused two former prime ministers and former government officials of abuse of authority regarding the misuse of funds in the Petrocaribe oil assistance program. No one has been charged yet.

More than 3000 police were deployed to stop the protests, leaving at least six people dead and dozens wounded. Around 75 people were arrested.

After the clashes with police, opposition groups called for new protests and a complete shutdown of work and institutions. Haiti’s Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, announced a resumption of work Monday, but groups are calling for a general strike, and say the protests must continue until President Jovenel Moise resigns or is thrown out of office.

Haiti is the poorest Latin American country, with nearly 60 percent of the population living below the national poverty line of $2.41 a day, according to the World Bank.

 

 

Photo: “Haiti – Presidential Palace” by MichelleWalz is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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