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Haiti police open fire on protesters

- 22:22 - 17/10/2018
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    Port-au-Prince, Oct 17 (EFE).- Several people were hurt here Wednesday when Haitian police opened fire on rock-throwing protesters during a ceremony to commemorate the 212th anniversary of the killing of Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the nation's founder.

    The incident occurred as President Jovenel Moise and first lady Martine Moise were laying a wreath at the Dessalines monument in Port-au-Prince.

    Members of the president's security detail responded with live ammunition when some protesters began hurling rocks.

    Authorities did not say how many people were hurt and provided no information on the severity of their injuries.

    The episode came hours before a planned popular mobilization in the capital against corruption and impunity, with a focus on demands for prosecution of officials accused of embezzling funds that Haiti received through PetroCaribe, a Venezuelan program supplying crude oil to Caribbean and Central American nations on generous terms.

    The Haitian parliament published a report last year blaming former senior officials for irregularities in the use of the PetroCaribe funds, but no one has been indicted.

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