Burning barricades were set up throughout Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, as thousands of protesters marched to demand the overthrow of the corrupt U.S.-supported regime of Jovenel Moise.
Protesters marched to the wealthy enclave of Petion-Ville. Revolutionaries in Haiti have often directed their anger against the wealthy elite, who enable and benefit from the corruption of the ruling party.
At least two buildings near the departmental police headquarters were set on fire.
Police opened fire on group of protesters with tear gas and live ammo near the National Palace in Champ Mars area of capital. At least two protesters were shot and killed by the brutal police.
“We demand that all those squandering (public) funds be tried and punished, their assets seized and turned over… and that the president resign and turn himself in,” said Velina Charlier, a protest leader.
A report released last week by judges of the High Court of Auditors stated that Moise was at the center of an “embezzlement scheme” that stole a massive amount of money from the Haitian people that was donated through Venezuela’s Petrocaribe aid program.
The report laid out a litany of examples of corruption and mismanagement.
For example, in 2014 Haitian authorities signed contracts with two different companies - Agritrans and Betexs - for the same road-repair project. The two turned out to have the same tax registration number and the same personnel.
Moise, before he came to power in 2017, headed Agritrans, which received more than 33 million gourdes ($700,000 at the time) to do the road work, though the company in principle did nothing but grow bananas.
Revolutionary fighters have repeatedly taken to the streets in outrage over the Petrocaribe scandal and to demand the overthrow of the thoroughly corrupt Moise regime, whose police force has committed repeated atrocities against demonstrators.
At least seven Haitians were killed in clashes between the repressive state forces and revolutionaries in February.
This most recent protest marks the seventh major protest cycle since 2017 demanding the overthrow of the Moise regime. Militants have vowed they will not stop fighting as long as Moise remains in power.