Haitian opposition party leaders today led the masses to launch a large-scale demonstration in the capital Port-au-Prince, the demonstrations were generally peaceful. They criticized President Jovenel Moise for bringing Haiti into a serious economic and political crisis and demanding that Moyes step down.
There are still sporadic clashes between the protesters and the police, but compared to other recent gatherings, today’s parade is generally much calmer. The opposition party seems to follow the UN and Canada’s proposal to hold peaceful demonstrations.
Earlier today, the heavily armed police dispatched trucks, water cannons and tear gas to block protests from marching to the UN peacekeeping force headquarters near Port-au-Prince airport. Conflicts erupted between the two sides. Some protesters burned tires, throwing stones and water bottles in the streets. With a petrol bomb.
Many opposition leaders and resentful Haitians demanded that Moyes step down and criticized him for failing to address issues such as the general shortcomings of food and fuel, weak currency, double-digit inflation, and acquitted government officials.
Political opposition leader Andre Michel told Reuters this week that the purpose of the demonstration was to send a “very strong signal” to Moy, telling him that he must step down.