Ariel, you have to go! Go, Ariel!
Thousands of people in Port-au-Prince and other major cities organized new protests on Wednesday to demand safer streets, more affordable goods and the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry.
The occasional crack of gunfire mixed with the shouting and clapping of protesters as they marched through streets blocked by rocks, trucks and burning tires.
“Ariel, you have to go! Go, Ariel! Go, Ariel!” a crowd in the capital yelled.
Demonstrators have organized a growing number of protests amid an increase in gang-related kidnappings and killings, a spike in the prices of basic goods and a severe lack of fuel amid an inflation rate that has hit 30%.
On Tuesday, the prime minister's office issued a statement saying that it was “aware of the seriousness of the situation,” and that Henry would take several measures including implementing social programs to alleviate extreme poverty and ensure that more fuel is available at gas stations.
Prime Minister Ariel Henry called for calm and urged people not to give in to political manipulation.