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At least 133 deaths in protests during 14 months

A motorcyclist looking for a way past the smoke from tires burning. Georges H. Rouzier for The Haitian Times

At least 133 people were killed and 551 injured during opposition-led protests between October 2018 and December 2019, according to the United Nations.

Of the 133 dead, 60 were killed by the police, including seven women and two children, the U.N. said in a report released Monday. The other 73 were murdered by gang members or unidentified armed individuals. 

The opposition’s last protest was on Friday, no deaths were reported. They plan to take to the streets again and assemble in front of the United States Embassy in Tabarre, Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, said Andre Michel, the democratic sector’s spokesperson. Source

Taiwan offers college scholarships to Haitians

Wen-jiann KU’s Taiwan Ambassador to Haiti. Taiwan’s Embassy in Haiti’s Twitter Images

The Taiwanese Embassy in Haiti announced that they opened registrations for two scholarship programs for colleges in Taiwan on Monday. 

The Taiwan Scholarship Program and the International Higher Education Scholarship will promote exchanges between Haitian and Taiwanese students and encourage higher studies, the Taiwan Embassy wrote in a statement. 

The applications end in March. Source

Jacmel’s carnival is now official

Dancers performing during the National Carnival of Jacmel.

Carnival in Jacmel, a commune in the southeastern department, has officially been registered in the list of Haitian National Cultural Heritage, said Pradel Henriquez, the minister of culture announced Monday. 

As a result, commercial exploitation of the National Carnival of Jacmel is subject to investigation and punishment.

Jacmel’s carnival is held the Sunday before the national carnival, which usually occurs in February. 

Soup joumou was also officially listed in the National Haitian Cultural Heritage on Jan. 1. Source

Onz Chery

Onz Chery

A City College of New York graduate, Onz Chery covers politics, health, crime and other topics for The Haitian Times. He previously wrote for Elite Sports New York and the Cosmopolitan Soccer League. Chery can be contacted by email at [email protected] or on twitter @onz_11.
Onz Chery
Jan. 19, 2021

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