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Haitian Times Morning News Roundup

Haiti Morning News Roundup – Jan. 20

Protests continue in Haiti’s capital

Opposition protesters continued to protest for a second day in Haiti’s capital. They erected burning roadblocks, overturned street market tables and shattered windows. There were about a thousand protesters in downtown Port-au-Prince marching through the city streets chanting: “The revolution has started, get your gun ready.”

Royal Caribbean cancels stop in Haiti due to political unrest

Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas canceled its scheduled visit Tuesday at the Haitian port of Labadee after the ship came across several protesters in small boats, Royal Caribbean said in a statement.

“Although this protest was peaceful in nature, it was clear that if the protest continued, there would be a significant impact on our guests’ ability to enjoy Labadee,” the release stated. “We will continue to closely monitor the situation and are in close communication with local and government officials in Haiti. At this time, we have not made any decisions regarding future port calls to Labadee.”

U.S. supports Jan. 24 elections

The United States reiterated its support for the upcoming elections on Tuesday, despite ongoing protests. The Haitian government has made “numerous concessions” to secure Jude Celestin’s participation in the runoff, the U.S. State Department said.
“Given the constitutional deadline to install a new president by Feb. 7, and having made numerous concessions to try to ensure Celestin’s participation, the government of Haiti and the electoral council are preparing to hold the second round of presidential elections on January 24,” the State Department said.

“The United States supports the electoral process and decisions of Haitian institutions and electoral authorities.”

Haitian man killed by Dominican soldier 

A Haitian man was killed on Monday after Dominican soldiers opened fire on a vehicle carrying a group of alleged undocumented people. Clerius Filemón, 33, died during the incident, which took place near the town of Guayubín, 250 kilometers northwest of Santo Domingo. Dominican officials say the altercation occurred after the driver of the vehicle refused to stop. Major General Army José Matos, of the Dominican army has ordered an investigation into the killing,

 

 

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
Jan. 20, 2016

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