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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MACEDONIA
Protesters Urge Prime Minister to Step Down
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BURUNDI
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LIBYA
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U.S.A.
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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: a Thai court charges the prime minister with abuse of power and forces her resignation, Uganda tries the first men charged under a new anti-gay law, protests are held calling for the Sultan of Brunei to sell the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel, and Ukrainian Jews are reportedly emigrating to Israel at a much higher rate than before the crisis began.

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THAILAND
Prime Minister Shinawatra Forced to Step Down
The leader is charged with graft and swiftly replaced.

UGANDA
Gay Couple Could Get Life in Prison Under New Law
The two men are the first to be tried under the controversial bill.

U.S.A.
Protests Over Ownership of the Beverly Hills Hotel
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UKRAINE
Jewish Migration Agency Reports Surge in Emigration to Israel
Almost three times as many Ukrainian Jews moved to Israel the first four months of this year than during the same period last year.

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