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Two dead as hundreds of police, supporters march in Haiti


A man throws a plastic bag to a fire where a dead body is burning, in the streets of Petion Ville, Haiti on Sunday. Andres Martinez Casares/ Reuters

Two people were killed as several hundred police and their supporters demonstrated in Haiti’s capital for better law enforcement salaries on Sunday, police said, while anti-government marchers also took to the streets.

The first victim was shot during a protest demanding that President Jovenel Moise step down. The man who opened fire on the crowd of marchers was beaten to death and then burned by demonstrators.

“An unidentified individual was shot dead,” the Haitian police said in a statement. “The angry crowd set fire to his attacker.”

A woman runs during clashes between residents and protesters at a demonstration organised by the opposition.

With their faces hidden, several plainclothes police fired in the air near the anti-government protesters.

Several large bursts of gunfire from unidentified individuals were then heard right next to the area where protesters were marching.

Prior to the protests, police officers had presented their grievances at the headquarters of the Haitian National Police.

A Haitian National Police officer stands at a police cordon as people take part in a demonstration.

“Our wages are miserable. We don’t have insurance. We have an insurance card but at every hospital we go to, we have to pay,” a masked police officer told AFP, asking to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals.

As they have for two months, presidential detractors demanded that Moise resign. They were joined by some churchgoers on their way out of services.

Since coming to power in February 2017, Moise has had to face the anger of an opposition movement that refuses to recognize his victory in an election widely seen as dubious.

A protester holds rocks during clashes with residents at a demonstration.

Anger mounted in late August due to a national fuel shortage, and protests turned violent.

But even before this crisis erupted, Moise was accused of corruption.

A man runs holding a gun during clashes between residents and protesters at a demonstration.

An auditors’ court probing two billion dollars in aid from a Venezuelan oil fund found that companies run by Moise before he became president were “at the heart of an embezzling scheme.”

Agence France-Presse

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