HAITI: NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE


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Weeks of clashes between police and protesters escalated last Friday in the capital of Port-au-Prince, as thousands took to the streets.  

The new uprising came just hours after a reporter from a Haitian radio station, Nehemie Joseph, who had been actively covering previous anti-government demonstrations, was found dead in his car from multiple bullet wounds to the head.  

He was the third journalist who either has been killed or is missing since President Jovenel Moise took office in 2017. 

Moise is at the center of a major embezzlement controversy after an audit last June showed billions of dollars in aid, which was supposed to help impoverished Haitians and improve the crumbling infrastructure, either went to cronies or was unaccounted for.

When word of the scandal got out last June, thousands took to the streets of the capital. 

The Haitian economy is in turmoil:  Inflation is at 22.6 percent.  Food and fuel shortages are rampant. Prices of basic goods have been rising as the currency continues to get devalued.  

As Gerald Celente has noted, “When people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it.”

And the people of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with a GDP per capita of $870 in 2018, have nothing left to lose. 

Protesters have vowed to remain on the streets until Moise resigns.

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