first published on June 11, 2019 by Sean
The Caribbean nation of Haiti has erupted in violence once again as thousands of anti-corruption protestors have flooded the streets in the capital of Port-au-Prince. At least two protestors were killed and several more wounded by police gunfire during the unrest.
Protestors took to the streets in Haiti’s capital and several other cities this past week, throwing rocks at police and burning vehicles. They were demanding the resignation of current President Jovenel Moise amidst corruption charges involving government officials and includes the former President Michel Martelly. The scandal involves nearly $4 billion dollars of misused money from the Petrocaribe program, which subsidizes oil shipments from Venezuela. Due to Venezuela’s own government mismanagement and unrest, shipments of oil which generate most of Haiti’s electrical power, have been severely limited and have plunged much of the tiny nation into prolonged blackouts.
Haitian police have confirmed the death of two protestors and wounding of at least four more by gunfire; they additionally claim to have arrested 12 during the demonstrations.