Violent anti-government demonstrations in Haiti injure three
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Laurent Lamothe tweeted that the six senators need to “unlock the democratic process” urging them to “break with their outdated chaotic policies”.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.