PORT-AU-PRINCE – At least two people were killed in Haiti’s capital during the latest round of protests demanding the resignation of the Caribbean nation’s president, Jovenel Moïse.
The killings took place as protesters burned down several buildings in downtown Port-au-Prince, including parts of the Canadian embassy’s facade that were damaged when demonstrators set several tires on fire.
A man accused of killing a protester who had taken refuge inside a lottery office was stoned to death in the Cite Soleil neighborhood, according to the EFE reporter on the ground.
In the neighborhoods of Petion-Ville and Delmas, protesters vandalized several private and publicly-owned buildings and looted shops.
Some of the thousands of demonstrators who had taken to the streets of Port-au-Prince to demand the resignation of the Haitian head of state used Molotov firebombs to wreak havoc on the streets.
The restaurant “Coin 95” was completely burned to the ground, as were at least two cars and a gas station, which was looted in Petion-Ville – one of the capital’s most affluent districts – along with a Unibank branch.
Hours before these incidents, several dozen policemen marched to demand better working conditions. At the end of the protest, the officers read out a message directed at the National Police Directorate, located in Petion-Ville.
The police gave the authorities until Wednesday to respond to their demands and threatened to launch a new phase of protests, even warning they would lay down their weapons.
Among the demonstrators were the officers’ spouses and relatives, who held up pictures of missing police officers.
During the march, some officers wore uniforms while others wore white T-shirts and some covered their faces with the Haitian flag.
The policemen, who demonstrated peacefully, demanded a minimum wage of 50,000 gourdes (about $525), a debit card with 15,000 gourdes (about $157), medical insurance and the possibility to form a union.
This movement is the first time that members of the Haitian National Police have demanded rights since the body’s creation.
Inspector Michel-Ange Louis Jeune, a police spokesman, said in response that the law did not allow police officers to stage such a protest.