Scenes of looting spread as demonstrations that began as protests turned into riots this week, multiplying in Port-au-Prince and other areas of Haiti and leading to the death of at least one person.
The shift took place Wednesday, around the same time a crowd headed by Jimmy “Barbecue” Chèrizier took to the streets of the capital to commit acts of “dechoukaj,” the Creole word for "uprooting" that means getting rid of a system or group to start anew.
The Chèrizier mob, accompanied by a rara band, sang and shouted that they are hungry and threatened to loot the shops.
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