Haiti Protesters Clash With Police; Dominicans Mobilize at Border

Image: Haiti Protesters Clash With Police; Dominicans Mobilize at Border Protesters against living conditions and demanding the resignation of Haitian President Michel Martelly run past police in Port-au-Prince on Nov. 18.

Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 09:18 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

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Following reports of clashes in the streets of Port-au-Prince and calls for the resignation of Haitian President Michel Martelly, authorities in the neighboring Dominican Republic moved to bolster security at the border with Haiti, Dominican Today reported Tuesday.
Defense Minister Sigfrido Pared said Dominican authorities had increased the number of troops at the border and reinforced security at major border crossings with that impoverished nation.
The two nations share Hispaniola, a Caribbean island.
On Monday, police fought with protesters in Port-au-Prince, and thousands of Haitians rallied against Martelly.
The protesters, denouncing corruption and calling for the president’s ouster, burned piles of tires and threw stones at police, who responded with tear gas in an effort to disperse the crowds, the BBC reported.
There were reports of gunshots in Port-au-Prince, but it is not known whether anyone was injured.
A pro-Martelly rally was held in the capital as well, and the rival sides threw rocks at each other.
Martelli took office in 2011 promising to rebuild a country devastated by an earthquake the previous year. But charges of corruption and government graft have taken their toll on his popularity.
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