New protests hit Haiti amid de­mands that pres­i­dent quit

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Thou­sands of demon­stra­tors set fires Mon­day and chanted calls for Haiti’s pres­i­dent to re­sign as the op­po­si­tion to Jovenel Moise tried to in­crease pres­sure for him to leave of­fice. Pro­test­ers said sev­eral peo­ple were hit by gun­fire, in­clud­ing a lo­cal jour­nal­ist.

Op­po­si­tion lead­ers and sup­port­ers say they are an­gry about pub­lic cor­rup­tion, spi­ral­ing in­fla­tion and a dwin­dling sup­ply of gaso­line that has forced many gas sta­tions in the cap­i­tal to close. Sup­pli­ers have de­manded that the cash-strapped gov­ern­ment pay them more than $100 mil­lion owed.

Pro­test­ers also are de­mand­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions that top of­fi­cials in the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment mis­used bil­lions of dol­lars from a Venezuela-sub­si­dized oil plan meant to fund ur­gent so­cial pro­grams.

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