Violent Anti-Government Protests in Haiti (in Photos)

The ongoing protests, which have claimed at least nine lives, have been characterized by tire burning, road blockages, and violent crime.
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For the past week, Haiti has been in a political crisis accompanied by violent protests that have claimed at least nine lives; prompted a mass jailbreak; and left residents short of food, fuel, and drinking water.

The protesters are denouncing rampant political corruption in the wake of a report that revealed the Haitian government had misused or diverted billions of dollars of social development money from PetroCaribe, an oil payment agreement with Venezuela. Critics are calling on President Jovenel Moise to resign, claiming he represents the profiteering and mismanagement that occur in the highest ranks of government while constituents sink deeper into poverty and deal with skyrocketing inflation.

Moise made a public appearance on Thursday to express his refusal to resign. "I will not leave the country in the hands of armed gangs and drug traffickers," he said in his speech.

Demonstrators appeared unaffected by Moise's speech, resuming protests that have been characterized by tire burning, road blockages, and violent crime. Haitian police are reportedly using tear gas against protesters. The United States issued a travel advisory Thursday and ordered the removal of all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their families, warning Americans of "widespread, violent, and unpredictable demonstrations in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in Haiti."

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A demonstrator stands before a barricade of burning tires on the fourth day of protests in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on February 10th, 2019. Demonstrators are demanding the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise and protesting the misuse of nearly $2 billion from the PetroCaribe fund.

A demonstrator stands before a barricade of burning tires on the fourth day of protests in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on February 10th, 2019. Demonstrators are demanding the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise and protesting the misuse of nearly $2 billion from the PetroCaribe fund.

A woman walks past tire barricades set ablaze by demonstrators on February 10th, 2019, the fourth day of protests in Port-au-Prince.

A woman walks past tire barricades set ablaze by demonstrators on February 10th, 2019, the fourth day of protests in Port-au-Prince.

A burning car is seen during clashes in the center of Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on February 12th, 2019, during the sixth day of protests against Haitian President Jovenel Moise and misuse of the PetroCaribe fund.

A burning car is seen during clashes in the center of Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on February 12th, 2019, during the sixth day of protests against Haitian President Jovenel Moise and misuse of the PetroCaribe fund.

Demonstrators flee as Haitian police open fire during the clashes in the center of Port-au-Prince on February 13th, 2019, the seventh day of protests against Haitian President Jovenel Moise and the misuse of the PetroCaribe fund.

Demonstrators flee as Haitian police open fire during the clashes in the center of Port-au-Prince on February 13th, 2019, the seventh day of protests against Haitian President Jovenel Moise and the misuse of the PetroCaribe fund.

Firemen extinguish burning cars at the offices of Television Nationale d'Haiti in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, on February 13th, 2019, the seventh day of protests against Haitian President Jovenel Moise and the misuse of the PetroCaribe fund.

Firemen extinguish burning cars at the offices of Television Nationale d'Haiti in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, on February 13th, 2019, the seventh day of protests against Haitian President Jovenel Moise and the misuse of the PetroCaribe fund.

The body of a dead demonstrator lies on the ground during the clashes in front of the National Palace in the center of Port-au-Prince on February 13th, 2019. Demonstrators moved the body of the dead demonstrator, killed moments before during clashes with police nearby, near the National Palace as as a form of protest.

The body of a dead demonstrator lies on the ground during the clashes in front of the National Palace in the center of Port-au-Prince on February 13th, 2019. Demonstrators moved the body of the dead demonstrator, killed moments before during clashes with police nearby, near the National Palace as as a form of protest.

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