At least six people were killed and dozens injured during large protests across Haiti over alleged misuse of government funds, authorities said Sunday.
There were at least five individuals injured and 23 arrested as police sought to deal with protesters and armed gangs exchanging gunfire with police in some parts of the capital.
Thousands marched to the National Palace, calling for a probe into the spending of $3.8 billion Haiti received as part of the regional Petrocaribe program.
“A lot of rocks are being thrown in the direction of the police,” the Haiti National Police tweeted shortly before 3 p.m. as protesters arrived in front of the National Palace.
Police also thwarted a prison break in the town of Anse-à-Veau in the Nippes region.
The protests were mostly peaceful until the end.
President Jovenel Moise called for dialogue with opposition groups that are seeking his resignation for failing to investigate corruption.