New protests hit Haiti amid demands that president quit
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.