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Haiti Police Appeal for Peace Ahead of Protests

Sunday, 17 Nov 2013 08:00 AM

PORT-AU-Prince, Haiti — Police in Haiti are appealing for calm ahead of planned protests between supporters and opponents of President Michel Martelly, who is facing demands to resign.

Several opposition groups announced plans to march Monday in the residential neighborhood of Petion-ville, just to the east of the capital, Port-au-Prince, considered a presidential stronghold.

The same day, supporters of Martelly plan to hold demonstrations in the capital.

"We are going to take precautions with our meager resources to ensure security, but we ask demonstration organizers to work with police to avoid any violence," a police spokesman said.

Opposition protests are also planned in other Haitian cities, including Cap-Haitien, the country's second biggest city, despite an appeal for calm from the president.

Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, has seen a wave of anti-government demonstrations over the past month, with protesters accusing Martelly of failing to ease poverty and unemployment and demanding his resignation.

Last week, opposition protesters were pelted with stones and shot at by presumed supporters of the president, and three people were injured by bullets.

A Haitian lawmaker has accused both sides of distributing weapons to their supporters in Cite-Soleil, the capital's biggest slum, where more than 40 people were shot dead in recent days in clashes between rival bands.

Martelly has appealed for calm and warned that protests for his resignation "won't help Haiti move forward."

© AFP 2017

   
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