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Clashes in Haiti as anti-government protest turns violent

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 00:44

Clashes break out during large anti-government protest in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Thousands of anti-government protesters descended on the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, on Tuesday (December 16) as political forces jockeyed to fill the void left following the resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe over the weekend. Clashes broke out between police and some protesters in downtown Port-au-Prince, with police using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds. It was not possible to verify the number of protesters injured in the clashes but at least one suffered wounds to his legs from rubber bullets, according to a Reuters witness. The western hemisphere's poorest country is still recovering from an earthquake five years ago that leveled much of its capital. In recent weeks, demonstrators in many cities have accused the government of corruption, demanding the resignation of Lamothe and President Michel Martelly. A replacement for Lamothe is due to be named by Wednesday (December 17), under a timetable set by a special commission last week. Martelly, who began talks with political leaders on Monday (December 16) to find a consensus candidate acceptable for ratification by parliament, has warned it would be "complicated" to implement the panel's recommendations. If elections are not held before Jan. 12 the parliament will shut down, leaving the country without a functioning government.

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Clashes in Haiti as anti-government protest turns violent

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 00:44