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Strike paralyses Haiti, protesters demand president’s resignation

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2019 | 12:20 AM

PORT-AU-PRINCE (AP):

Opposition leaders in Haiti have launched a two-day strike that has paralysed the country’s capital as protesters demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise amid corruption allegations.

Schools, businesses and government offices were shuttered yesterday as groups of protesters blocked roads and set piles of tyres ablaze across Port-au-Prince. Some protesters burned cars belonging to a local radio station and accused the news media of working for the government.

Public transportation was suspended, and officials postponed a parliamentary session.

The strike comes one day after thousands of protesters clashed with police, with two people reported killed and five injured. Protesters demanding further investigation into the fate of funds that resulted from subsidised oil shipments from Venezuela under the PetroCaribe programme.