Thousands of demonstrators denouncing government corruption took to the streets and built barricades blocking roads and bringing much of Haiti’s capital to a standstill on Sunday as they demanded the removal of President Jovenel Moise.
Police erected barricades of their own near the presidential palace and fired tear gas when protesters attempted to breach them. At least one person was killed.
The protesters are demanding further investigation into the fate of the financial assistance sent from Venezuela under the Petrocaribe program. Protesters want someone to be held responsible for the massive theft.
Last week, judges of the High Court of Auditors laid out a litany of examples of alleged government corruption and mismanagement.
In May, much of Haiti’s population was restricted to only three hours of power a day.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas, with 60% of its population of 11 million living below the poverty line.
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