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Haiti people protest high living cost


About 2,000 people have staged a demonstration in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince to protest against the government and the high cost of living.

Angry protesters took to the streets on Sunday against the government of President Michel Martelly, who had pledged to rebuild the country after a devastating 2010 earthquake that ruined thousands of homes and rendered more than one million homeless.

The protesters also shouted against the high cost of living and increasing prices of food while holding red cards calling for the departure of President Martelly.

“Martelly must go. He isn’t doing anything to improve our living standards,” young protesters from a poor area in the capital shouted.

“The president has made so many promises but nothing has become a reality. It’s only a clique of his friends who are making money,” said a protester Max Dorlien.

The Sunday protest was the biggest in a series of demonstrations held in the Latin American country during the past two weeks over gloomy living standards.

Martelly, a businessman and former folk singer known by his stage-name Sweet Micky, was sworn in as president of Haiti in May 2011.

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