Haiti protesters call on President Jovenel Moise to quit

Haiti protesters call on President Jovenel Moise to quit

Haiti protesters call on President Jovenel Moise to quit

A demonstrator stands in the street chanting slogans against President Jovenel Moise during a protest to demand his resignation and to know how Petro Caribe funds have been used by the current and past administrations, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

Speaking with Haiti newspaper Le Nouvelliste, Chief Inspector Ralph Stanley Brice said the prisoners had initially left their cells for a scheduled shower.

Witnesses said the anti-Moise protest was taking place in front of the police station adjoining the penitentiary in Aquin, a town of around 100,000 on the south coast of the country's Tiburon Peninsula.

Protesters in the Petionville neighbourhood blocked the road to Mr Moise's house and stoned his property.

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A video posted on Twitter shows people gathered around someone lying on the floor while an onlooker calls out "coward". A shocked witness said one of the injured men was seen lying on the floor "apparently unconscious" after the incident.

The President, who's been in power since 2017, is calling for talks with the opposition, which has refused.

The protest came as The Core Group - composed of a senior UN official, the ambassadors of France, Germany, Brazil, Canada, and the United States, and representatives of Spain, the European Union and the Organization of American States - called on Haiti's politicians to enter dialogue over the crisis, lamenting the loss of life and damage caused by the protests.

The report also suggested that President Moise had been involved in irregularities.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Caribbean and 60% of the population live on less than $2 (£1.53) a day.

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