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Workers protest Feb. 9, outside the SONAPI industrial park complex in Port-au-Prince. Credit: National Center for Haitian Workers (CNOHA)

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Factory workers in Haiti walked off the job on Feb. 9, to call for higher wages. It was the second major labor strike in the span of three weeks. 

“You will see the number of workers who mobilized, because we are not able to live with that minimum wage,” said Didier Dominique, a labor rights activist and educator who helped organize the strike with Batay Ouvriye, a grassroots labor organization. 

Video and photos posted to Twitter on Wednesday showed people spilling out onto the street near the Metropolitan Industrial Park, which is located in the Port-au-Prince commune of Delmas. Some danced to music and held tree branches, a popular symbol of uprooting, or change. 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.