Haitian Catholics march for political reform as protests spread

Reuters, Andres Martinez Casares, Andre Paultre, October 22, 2019

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – As Haiti entered a sixth week of violent anti-government protests over corruption and economic woes, Catholic leaders held a rare march on Tuesday calling for a resolution to the crisis that has paralyzed the country and sweeping political reform.

Thousands joined the peaceful march throughout the capital Port-au-Prince that underscored how more and more sectors of society are rising up against what they view as not only President Jovenel Moise’s bad governance but also a broken political system.

“Can we advance with the current political regime and this system in place? We should … build anew,” said the Reverend Firto Regis, spokesman for the Haitian Conference of Religious.

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