Thousands protest Haiti government

The demonstration by several thousand was among the biggest this year in the Hatian capital of Port-au-Prince.

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The demonstration by several thousand was among the biggest this year in the Hatian capital of Port-au-Prince.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Several thousand people poured into the streets of Haiti’s capital on Sunday to protest the government of President Michel Martelly.

It was among the biggest demonstrations this year in Port-au-Prince against the first-time leader as he tries to rebuild the impoverished nation after a powerful 2010 earthquake that displaced more than a million people and destroyed thousands of homes.


Demonstrators said the former pop music star has fallen short on promises to address allegations of corruption and improve the lives of people displaced by the quake, including the cost of schools, housing, and food.

The Martelly government had no immediate public reaction to the protest, which focused on poorer neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince.

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Martelly, who was sworn in in May 2011, presented ­himself as an outsider when he ran for the presidency of one of the poorest countries in the world.

‘‘The president has made so many promises but nothing has become a reality,’’ protester Max Dorlien said. ‘‘It’s only a clique of his friends who are making money.’’

Associated Press

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