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Haiti: Protest against growing crime rate turns violent in Port-au-Prince

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A protest decrying worsening situation with a growing crime rate in Port-au-Prince turned violent on Monday, as clashes between police officers and demonstrators erupted.

Police officers wearing riot gear fired tear gas to disperse the crowd that in returned hurled projectiles and set tyres ablaze in the street.

According to reports, at least 200 people gathered in front of the Justice Ministry building before the security forces were deployed.

Monday’s protest in Port-au-Prince, comes at a time when the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) has been requesting the authorities to take proper actions against an increasing number of violent acts including killings, rape, and looting in different neighbourhoods of the capital.

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