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Violent protests over taxes in Haiti
Violent protests over taxes in Haiti
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People in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, are angered by the rise in taxes at a time when foreign aid is declining.

Protesters in Haiti damaged commercial buildings in the capital city and set cars on fire on Tuesday in what has been the most violent protests since President Jovenel Moise was inaugurated.

Several people have been arrested in the protests, but there were no reports of any serious injuries.

The Port-au-Prince protest, called by former presidential candidate Jean-Charles Moise, took many by surprise and represents the biggest outcry against the administration of President Jovenel Moise since he took office earlier this year.

Last week, a budget was approved that raised the taxes on passports, cigarettes, and alcohol.

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At the same time, foreign aid to Haiti is slowing. The country is one of the poorest in the Americas and suffered a devastating earthquake in 2010 and the worst of Hurricane Matthew last year.

 “The revolution has just started. Jovenel Moise will have to retract his taxes or he will have to leave immediately,” said Jacques Menard, a 31-year-old protester. “And this is a warning because the next phase can be very violent.”

Protesters took to the streets in separate groups in several districts in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, erecting flaming barricades, blocking traffic, and confronting riot police, who fired tear gas and warning shots in the air.

Video: Ghana News