The Washington Post

Opposition protests paralyze the capital

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Opposition leaders in Haiti launched a two-day strike Monday that has paralyzed the country’s capital as protesters demand the resignatio­n of President Jovenel Moïse amid corruption allegation­s.

Schools, businesses and government offices were shuttered as protesters blocked roads and set piles of tires ablaze across Port-au-Prince. Some demonstrat­ors burned cars belonging to a radio station and accused the media of working for the government.

Public transporta­tion was suspended, and officials postponed a parliament session.

The strike comes one day after thousands of protesters clashed with police, with two people reported killed and five injured.

Protesters are demanding further investigat­ion into the fate of funds from subsidized oil shipments under Venezuela’s Petrocarib­e program. Venezuela’s collapsing economy has forced it to halt or curtail such shipments, leading to problems for power generation in Haiti.

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