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Violence erupts at Haiti protests
Violence erupts at Haiti protests
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Violence erupts at Haiti protests

Yvonne Williams

Thousands of anti-government protesters staged a protest march through Haiti’s capital over delayed elections amongst other issues.

The march which took off for Canadian Embassy in Port-au-Prince peacefully later turned violent when the protesters began burning tyres, throwing rocks at police and trying to force their way through barricades while in tune, officers began firing tear gas at the crowd.

The protesters demanded that both President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe step down.

“We need elections in the country so democracy can continue … not corruption,” said Jean Ronald Brison, owner of an auto parts store.

A call for elections was supposed to have been made by Martelly’s administration in 2011 for a majority of Senate seats, the entire Chamber of Deputies and local offices.