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Bwa kale: Protests still draw people fed up in Haiti, despite risks

Bwa kale protesters
Bwa kale protesters carrying a banner that reads ‘Nou se moun fòk nou viv tankou moun,’ which translates to ‘We are people we have to live like people’ during a demonstration on Oct. 17, 2022 in Port-au-Prince. Photo by Marvens Compere for The Haitian Times

The Haitian Times 
By Onz Chery

CAP-HAITIEN — In Tabarre, the Port-au-Prince suburb where Kendy Océan lives, Professor Auguste Alexis was kidnapped Oct. 30 and reporter Fritz Dorilas killed Nov. 5. Fed up, and despite the danger to himself, Océan leaves the relative safety of his home every time the Pitit Dessalines, or Child of Dessalines, political party holds a protest.

“We can’t take it anymore,” said Océan, 21, a Pitit Dessalines member. “People don’t even have to wait for political leaders to tell them to take it to the streets. It’s a necessity.”

Scores of Haitians have been taking part in protests, often violent, and participated in putting the country on lockdown over the last two months. Their main demand is that Prime Minister Ariel Henry leave office. Others decry various crises, including the ongoing violence, high price of fuel and hunger. 


Fed up with going through the same crises year after year, Haitians continue to take it to the streets to demand change, motivated by unique circumstances.


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