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Haitian street protests grow as US intervenes in political crisis – World Socialist Web Site


Photo: Le Nouvelliste

Photo: Le Nouvelliste

Demonstrations continued throughout Haiti Tuesday, following Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe’s resignation over the weekend. Lamothe’s ouster has not resolved the political crisis among the country’s ruling elites, nor quelled growing street protests that target not only President Michel Martelly but also inflation and the imperialist machinations of the US and UN.The protests have been going on since at least October, but have become daily in recent weeks. While centered in Port-au-Prince, the capital, protests have also been reported in the cities of Cap-Haitien, Gonaive, Petit Goâve, and Jacmel. On December 3 a three-month-old infant died from inhaling tear gas fired by police in the north of the country.Video widely circulated on the web showed United Nations MINUSTAH forces firing teargas and semi-automatic weapons at protesters in Port-au-Prince Friday. On Saturday, a man in his thirties died amid the protests in the capital.Pouchon Ernst, a protester from the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of La Saline, was quoted by Canada’s La Presse as saying: “We want a government for the people, not for the rich.” via – World Socialist Web Site

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