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  • People take to the street to protest against tax hikes, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti September 20, 2017.

    People take to the street to protest against tax hikes, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti September 20, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Published 6 February 2019

Opposition to the Haitian government has called for a resurgence of protests Thursday.

Opposition sectors in Haiti announced plans to mobilize more than one million people Thursday in anti-government protests.

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Organizers said demonstrators will demand the judicial system take action against embezzlement of Petrocaribe funds, which, rose to US$2,258,796 between 2008 and 2018, according to a partial report of the National Audit Office.

Opposition leader, Andre Michel, said that clear and immediate action was needed in order to prevent that squanderers abandon the country.

However, he lamented that the report of the Audit Office omits names and that the former president is highly suspect.

Schiller Louidor, an activist who opposes the current government, said this “will be the last action to end the dictatorial power of Jovenel (Moise)” Prensa Latina reported. He added that several popular organizations will meet this Thursday in the streets.

For several weeks now, the opposition leaders have intensified their actions to organize the anti-government protest, which will also boycott the national dialogue started by the present administration with the country's political parties.

Last November, thousands of citizens marched in various parts of the country demanding accounts from the authorities about the fate of the Petrocaribe funds, an initiative of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez to equate access to the fund for the countries of the region.


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