PORT-AU-PRINCE – At least one person was killed on Sunday after being shot by police during a massive and mostly peaceful protest held in the capital of Haiti, where several protesters were injured as they accidentally got run over by a vehicle.
Thousands of citizens joined a new protest in Port-au-Prince called by Haitian artists, including rapper Izolan and members of the Barikad Crew band, as well as by religious leader Mackenson Dorilas – also known as Prophet Mackenson – to demand the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, whom they consider incapable of running the country.
Although the mobilization was peaceful, one person was killed by shots fired from a police vehicle in the upscale Petion-ville area, according to an EFE reporter on the ground. Several demonstrators also denounced this death.
Near the end of the protest, Prophet Mackenson’s vehicle accidentally ran over a group of people after the brakes did not work properly due to the fuel that covered the Petion-ville road. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital.
Some incidents in the same area of the city were reported near the police detachment, where protesters responded by throwing stones as security forces fired tear gas.
A tires shop was also partially burned.
Music groups such as Challengers Populaires, Nou Pap Konplis and Nou Pap Domi spearheaded the march, in which many participants wore white T-shirts and carried plates and spoons in their hands while performing songs and chanting repeatedly.
“Depi Jojo ale kounya demen gen lekol” (“Jojo [a nickname for Moïse] leaves today, I will have class tomorrow”), “Jojo domi deyo” (“Jojo sleeps outside”) and “Lage pyew” (“Resignation”) were some of the slogans that were chanted in Criole throughout the gigantic march.
Meanwhile, the Prophet Mackenson prayed for demons to come out of Moïse’s head.
The artists leading the rally demanding the immediate and unconditional resignation of the head of State were joined by some political leaders from the opposition, including Assad Volcy, Edmonde Supplice Beauzile, Youry Latortue, Antonio Cheramy, Arnel Belizaire and Printemps Belizaire.
This protest, which brought together thousands of people, is the second demonstration of strength after a week in which various Haitian artists again took to the streets to fight against Moïse’s administration.
The first protest called by artists took place on Oct. 13 without any violent incidents.
Haiti is set to start its sixth consecutive week of anti-government protests and total paralysis of activities: a strike by the main teachers’ unions has been called for Monday, while religious leaders have announced a demonstration scheduled for Tuesday.
The country has been witnessing daily protests against Moïse since Sept. 16 amid a dramatic economic downturn and political crisis that have made it impossible to form a government since March.
Moïse has offered talks with the opposition, but some members of the commission he appointed to carry out the negotiations have already resigned due to differences with the beleaguered president