Today, thousands of protesters from opposition parties will gather in Port-au-Prince to demonstrate against President Jovenel Moise.

President Moise and other high-ranking Haitian officials were implicated in the PetroCaribe scandal, which alleges the mismanagement of development aid from 2005 to 2016. These Venezuela-sponsored funds came from oil wealth, with the intention of bolstering social programs.

Haiti has a long history of corruption, and the opposition is demanding that the government provide more transparency in the political process. Violent nationwide protests in late November drew thousands to the streets; ten demonstrators were killedamid street barricades, fires, gunfire and faceoffs between protesters and counter-protesters.

Opposition protests continued earlier this month on December 9 and 10, and today’s rallies will likely draw even larger numbers. After last month’s protests, today’s demonstrations could again turn violent, particularly in Port-au-Prince. Continue reading

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