Haiti unrest causes shops and police station loot

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A police station was looted and stripped bare, and shops and banks were also attacked in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, following a violent protest by thousands of people against President Jovenel Moïse.

Police responded by firing tear gas and live ammunition. Fuel shortages, rising prices and allegations of government corruption have fuelled weeks of protest.

Appeal for calm
Mr Moïse cancelled his speech at the UN this week to appeal for calm. His address to the nation on Wednesday has failed to end the violence in one of the Americas’ poorest nations.

Four people have died in recent days. Protesters are demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse.

Earlier this year, Mr Moïse rejected calls for his resignation, saying he would not leave the country in the “hands of armed gangs and drug traffickers”.

 

Olajumoke Adeleke