- Title: Haitian police use tear gas, live ammunition to break protests
- Date: 28th September 2019
- Summary: PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (SEPTEMBER 27, 2019) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS RUNNING AWAY FROM TEAR GAS TEAR GAS TANK, POLICE MAKING WAY THROUGH DEBRIS-FILLED STREET PROTESTERS RUNNING IN STREET PROTESTERS IN STREET, SMOKE RISING FROM BARRICADE VARIOUS OF RESIDENTS TRYING TO RESCUE PLANTS FROM GREENHOUSE / PLANT BUSINESS AS BUILDING BURNS NEXT TO IT FIREMEN WORKING INSIDE BUSINESS TRYING TO PUT OUT FIRE AT BUILDING FIRE BLAZING / FIREMEN WORKING TO PUT OUT FIRE
- Embargoed: 12th October 2019 01:55
- Keywords: capital political problems disperse tear gas anger Haiti police country live ammunition economic violent protesters
- Location: PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI
- City: PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI
- Country: Haiti
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001AYFQBLZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Haitian police used tear gas and live ammunition on Friday (September 27) to disperse increasingly violent protesters in the capital, witnesses said, as anger over the economic and political problems in the country grew.
Haitians are protesting widespread food and fuel shortages, a weakening currency, double-digit inflation and graft accusations lodged against public officials in the impoverished Caribbean nation.
Many are calling for President Jovenel Moise to stand down after what they say is a failure to address the myriad of problems. Four people died in clashes in recent days.
The protests on Friday were among the largest and most violent in months, with witnesses reporting that a special unit of the Haitian National Police was looted and a police vehicle set on fire.
In the wealthier neighborhoods of Delmas and Petion Ville, angry crowds also looted several stores, banks and money transfer offices, ATMs and pharmacies. They also set a building on fire.
In an apparent attempt to calm tensions, Moise on Thursday replaced several security officials after calls from human rights groups to remove people they accused of involvement in a massacre in the poor La Saline neighborhood in the capital.
Moise also canceled his speech at the United Nations General Assembly this week and made a rare address to the nation.
He suggested a unity government in the hope of calming tempers after a ruling-party senator fired a pistol to disperse a crowd, injuring a photojournalist.
Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers said four people were shot to death in demonstrations between Sept. 16 and Sept. 25.
(Production: Andres Martinez Casares)
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