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Thousands in Haiti Demand President Jovenel Moïse Resign

Expressing anger over corruption, rising inflation and a lack of basic goods in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country, thousands of Haitians protested against their president. Expressing anger over corruption, rising inflation and a lack of basic goods in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country, thousands of Haitians protested against their president. | 

Updated: October 13, 2019 06:02 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Thousands of Haitians have joined a protest in the capital called by the art community to demand President Jovenel Moïse resign, increasing pressure on the embattled leader after nearly a month of marches that have shuttered schools and businesses.

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Members of one art group wore what appeared to be diapers on their heads and held empty bowls, while other protesters chanted slogans against Moïse, expressing anger over corruption, rising inflation and a lack of basic goods in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country.

"Not our president" and "We want a different Haiti," read signs in the protest in Port-au-Prince.

The demonstration comes amid a spike in violence in Haiti's capital and surrounding communities as protests that have caused nearly 20 deaths and almost 200 injuries paralyze the country.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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