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Cap-Haitien residents vow to “burn Haiti” if Prime Minister Ariel Henry does not resign

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A protester holding a sign [center] that reads “No to injustice shootout to the ghetto” in Creole during a demonstration demanding Prime Minister Ariel Henry to leave office on Aug. 30, 2022. Next to him, protesters are carrying a sign [right] that reads “No to the shameless bourgeois that are destroying the country, you all did too much to the people this time…” Photo credit: Frandy Pierre
The Haitian Times By Onz Chery CAP-HAITIEN — Some banged spoons against aluminum plates, others, wrapped themselves in Haiti’s red and black flag, held signs that read “operation guard the dollar” and “we want a change” as they demonstrated against Prime Minister Ariel Henry, demanding his resignation. While they spread their message across in different forms, they also came together in their chants. Si Ariel pa ale nap boule peyi a, which translates to “If Ariel doesn’t leave we will burn the country.” The Aug. 30 demonstration in Cap-Haitien was led by political party Pitit Dessalines Platform to protest against the low value of the gourde compared to the U.S. dollar, soaring consumer prices, the growing scarcity of gasoline and diesel and inflation. Thousands of demonstrators called on Henry to leave office, accusing him of being incapable of ending the country’s many crises.
Cap-Haïtien residents took to the streets to demand the Prime Minister to leave office following a spree of protests across the country. To view the full story, please subscribe to The Haitian Times. You can choose a $60 Annual Subscription or a $5 Weekly Pass. When you join The Haitian Times family, you’ll get unlimited digital access to high-quality journalism about Haiti and Haitians you won’t get anywhere else. We’ve been at this for 20 years and pride ourselves on representing you, our diaspora experience and a holistic view of Haiti that larger media doesn’t show you. Join now or renew to get: — Instant access to one-of-kind stories and special reports — Local news from our communities (especially New York and Florida) — Profiles of Haitians at the top of their fields — Downloadable lists and resources about Haitian culture — Membership merch, perks and special invitations First-time subscribers also receive a special welcome gift handmade in Haiti by expert artisans! Do it for the culture and support Black-owned businesses.

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