Anti-government protest turns violent in Haiti

Anti-government protest turns violent in Haiti

Sun Jan 18, 2015 2:4AM

Haitian police forces have clashed with demonstrators calling for the resignation of President Michel Martelly.

Saturday’s peaceful demonstration turned violent after police arrested two protesters they accused of being thieves in Haiti’s capital city Port-au-Prince.

Police used teargas and fired rubber bullets to disperse protesters, who were hurling rocks at them.

“Since Mr. Martelly came to power, they have been stealing all the reserves of the government… Martelly took everything,” said opposition member Calistin Jhonny during the protest.

Following the parliament’s dissolving due to the expiration of its members’ terms on January 12, Martelly began ruling by decree.

Opposition politicians have been accusing Martelly of wanting to stay in power. The president took office in May 2011 and is due to leave next year.

During a speech on Friday, Martelly took responsibility for the nation’s political turmoil.

“No country has managed to bring development without unity around a strong and devoted state,” Martelly said.

Late On Friday, Evans Paul was sworn in as the new prime minister.

Paul, a political opponent of Martelly, was chosen following last month’s resignation of former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.

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