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Haiti’s Political Crisis Is About to Get Worse – Foreign Policy


Instead, thousands of protesters marched from cluttered and crumbling downtown Port-au-Prince up to the tony suburbs and back. They waved voter cards in a show of discontent. Opposition demonstrations rarely leave the poorer, low-lying stretches of the city, but Oct. 26 was different.Marchers navigated traffic under the gaze of a heavy police and United Nations presence.Clad in riot gear, Haitian National Police lobbed tear gas into a crowd. They nabbed two organizers and jailed them south of downtown, only to have the faithful march right to the jail and demand their release. And an opposition leader and presidential hopeful, Sen. Moise Jean Charles, rode alongside the protests on horseback.Hours after the polls would have opened, President Michel Martelly finally declared the obvious: There would be no elections, as scheduled, on Oct. 26. Haiti’s three-year-long political crisis continues. via Foreign Policy

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