Police in Haiti use tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters

17 October 2020, 21:04

Protesters run from tear gas launched by police to disperse protesters demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (Dieu Nallo Chery/AP)
Haiti Protest. Picture: PA

Several people were injured in clashes while roads were blocked and fires were set.

Haitian police  fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters who blocked roads and set fires in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Several people were injured.

It was the latest unrest during more than a year of protests calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise over corruption charges.

Haiti is currently experiencing a political impasse without a parliament and is now run by decree under Mr Moise.

The president marked Saturday by appealing for unity and laying a wreath on the 214th anniversary of the death of Haiti’s first independent ruler, Jean-Jacques Dessalines.

Haiti Protest
A protester holds up a Haitian national flag (Dieu Nallo Chery/AP)

Many Haitians criticise the government’s pandemic response, alleging that authorities have not done enough to provide treatment for those affected, or offered economic support for those who lost work due to a national lockdown aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19 in the impoverished country.

The police have held their own protests this year, demanding better pay and working conditions.

In February, police exchanged gunfire with Haitian soldiers outside the national palace where police were protesting against working conditions.

Earlier this year, a scathing United Nations report accused Haitian police of corruption and failing to protect the population.

By Press Association