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Thousands of people across Haiti demand the ousting of the Prime Minister during a new demonstration


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Thousands of people in the Haitian capital and other major cities staged new protests on Wednesday demanding safer streets, more affordable goods and the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

Occasional gunfire mingled with shouts and applause from protesters as they marched through streets blocked by rocks, trucks and burning tires.

“Ariel, you have to go!” Come on, Ariel! Go ahead, Ariel! shouted a crowd in the capital of Port-au-Prince.

Other protests paralyzed various coastal towns in Haiti’s northern and southern regions, including Port-de-Paix, Petit-Goâve and Jérémie, with police firing tear gas to disburse the crowds.

Haitians have staged an increasing number of protests amid an increase in gang-related kidnappings and killings, soaring commodity prices and a severe lack of fuel amid an inflation rate that has reached 30%.

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement saying it was “aware of the seriousness of the situation” and that Henry would take several steps, including implementing social programs to reduce extreme poverty and ensure that more fuel is available at service stations. Henry called for calm and urged people not to give in to political manipulation.

Haiti has become increasingly unstable since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7, 2021, with gangs growing in power as the Henry administration keeps pushing back the date of general elections scheduled for last year.

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