Vi­o­lent anti-gov­ern­ment demon­stra­tions in Haiti in­jure three

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

At least three peo­ple were in­jured dur­ing a vi­o­lent anti-gov­ern­ment demon­stra­tion in sec­tions of the cap­i­tal on Tues­day, po­lice have said.

They said the march started off peace­fully but, as the crowd grew, gov­ern­ment and op­po­si­tion sup­port­ers clashed with each other.

Mem­bers of the Haitian Na­tional Po­lice fired tear gas in a bid to dis­perse the crowd and spokesman Frantz Lere­bours made no im­me­di­ate com­ment on the in­ci­dent.

The demon­stra­tors are de­mand­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Michel Martelly as well as the hold­ing of the long-de­layed leg­isla­tive and mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions.

The pres­i­dent was sup­posed to call elec­tions in 2011 for a majority of Se­nate seats, the en­tire Cham­ber of Deputies and lo­cal of­fices. But he hasn’t done so be­cause the Se­nate has yet to ap­prove an elec­toral law au­tho­riz­ing the vote.

Six op­po­si­tion legislators ar­gue that the leg­is­la­tion ap­proved by the Cham­ber of Deputies is un­con­sti­tu­tional and favours the gov­ern­ment.

Pres­i­dent Martelly who has blamed the stand­off on the six se­na­tors, said his ad­min­is­tra­tion wants to hold the elec­tions but

can’t be­cause of the ac­tion of the op­po­si­tion legislators.

Prime Min­is­ter Lau­rent Lamothe tweeted that the six se­na­tors need to “un­lock the demo­cratic process” urg­ing them to “break with their out­dated chaotic poli­cies”.

Demon­stra­tors in Haiti are call­ing for the res­ig­na­tion

of Pres­i­dent Michel Martelly.

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