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Haitians demand Martelly's resignation as protests grip capital

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 01:12

Tensions rise in Haiti on the day before the deadline to resolve a political impasse after three years of delays for legislative elections, leading protesters to overturn vehicles and burn tires throughout Port-au-Prince. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Thousands of Haitians are out in force on the streets of Port-au-Prince. They're marching through the capital, leaving behind a path of chaos and destruction. Haiti remains in a political stand-off after three years of delays for a round of legislative elections. Many of the protesters say they've lost faith in the central government and President Michel Martelly. (SOUNDBITE) (French Creole) PROTESTER BATICHON JEAN ROBERT SAYING: "We don't support the Parliament nor Martelly. All of them have destroyed the country. We didn't vote for them nor what they've done. Today, the Haitian people are in open revolt against the Parliament and government. They no longer have our support." The demonstrations have been ongoing for weeks now and led to the resignation of the prime minister Laurent Lamothe. Some protesters are demanding Martelly's resignation as well. (SOUNDBITE) (French Creole) UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER SAYING: "We're saying, 'Down with Martelly.' And it's for that reason that we are out on the streets to say to Martelly that if he doesn't step down we are going to turn this country upside down." The country has until Monday to reach a deal over the impasse.

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Haitians demand Martelly's resignation as protests grip capital

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 01:12