Protestors In Haiti Are Demanding The President Step Down (HBO)

To the uninitiated, drivers passing under a bridge on one busy road in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, would presume that it was simply under construction.

But to millions of Haitians the concrete slab, that has no ramp to get on or off it, has become the most glaring symbol of an injustice that holds the impoverished Caribbean nation hostage among the most corrupt countries in the world.

Now, anger over endemic corruption has brought tens of thousands onto the streets and threatens to bring down the president, Jovenel Moïse. Demonstrations, which began last year but have intensified since February 7th have left at least 7 people dead.

Funds to build the bridge came from a loan that Venezuela gave to Haiti for reconstruction projects following the devastating 2010 earthquake. Since then, politicians racked up nearly $2bn in debt to the so-called Petrocaribe scheme. Most of the projects the money was intended for – including housing and government buildings – remain either incomplete or nonexistent.

A Senate report into how the funds were used came to a definitive conclusion, stating ‘the Petrocaribe fund has been the object of embezzlement, embezzlement, embezzlement.’ The report also named Moïse himself, claiming that before he was president his private company received funds to build a road that never materialized.

Since the release of the report, Haitians have been demanding the answer to one simple question.

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Haiti protests demanding Moise exit enter fourth day

Hundreds of protesters turn out in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince for a fourth day of demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise.

Poverty in Haiti seen in Port-au-Prince’s Jalousie neighborhood

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Haitians honour souls of the dead in fading tradition

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Haiti merchants fear for livelihood after market blaze

Port-Au-Prince merchants fear for their livelihoods in the impoverished nation of Haiti after a fire ravaged a historic market in the country’s capital.

Who’s in Charge? – Haiti’s Power Struggle (Dispatch 3)

Amid a wave of bloody clashes between protesters and the police, Haitian president Michel Martelly stepped down from office last weekend, leaving no clear option to lead the country.

VICE News travels to the Caribbean nation, where reporter Simon Ostrovsky spent time in the country’s parliament talking to the prime minister and other local politicians to find out exactly who is now in charge.

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The President Steps Down: Haiti’s Power Struggle (Dispatch 2)

Haitian President Michel Martelly makes his final address to parliament and steps down — but the opposition aren’t celebrating. There is no one in place to take over, and thousands have gathered in the streets to protest that opposition candidates weren’t included in talks to create an interim administration. VICE News was there to witness firsthand the beginning of the power vacuum in Haiti.

Watch “Protesters and Police in Bloody Clashes: Haiti’s Power Struggle” – http://bit.ly/1mpaYOn

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