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Unrest hits trade at Haiti's colourful markets

21 February 2019

Unrest in Haiti has hit trade in local markets in the cities of Port-au-Prince and Petionville. The protests come amidst public anger over suspected corruption and allegations of embezzlement of funds of Petrocaribe, a Venezuela-sponsored oil programme. Protesters are calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise.

Seeking to placate criticism, Moise has vowed to deepen the investigation into alleged corruption in the PetroCaribe oil programme and to reduce its expenses, seeking to meet some of protesters' demands as demonstrations roil the country.