While it remains to be seen if former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide returns from exile, several dozen protesters yesterday expressed their ire with current president Rene Preval.
Demonstrators during Monday’s protest in the Haitian capital city of Port-au-Prince called for Preval to step down from the presidency since his term was supposed to end yesterday. But amidst Haiti’s political turmoil Preval’s chief of staff said that the president would leave in May, roughly two months after a delayed runoff election will take place.
Other protesters were upset at the alleged government inaction after a massive earthquake thirteen months ago left over 200,000 and one million homeless.
Unfortunately the protest turned violent after police shot tear gas into the air and tried to disperse demonstrators:
Political unrest could intensify in the weeks leading to the March 20th runoff between former first lady Mirlande Manigat and musician Michel Martelly.
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