Protesters Rail Against Haitian Election Results
Posted on Dec 8, 2010
The results of the Nov. 28 presidential election in Haiti did not sit well with thousands of Haitians, according to Reuters. They took to the streets around the country to protest Wednesday.
At least two people were killed in the flaring violence, which appeared to dash international hopes that the U.N.-backed elections held on Nov. 28 could create a stable new leadership for Haiti, an impoverished nation struggling to recover from a devastating January earthquake.
Port-au-Prince descended into chaos as supporters of popular musician and presidential candidate Michel Martelly, who failed to qualify for an election run-off in results announced by electoral authorities, set up burning barricades of timber, boulders and flaming tires across the city.
AP / Guillermo Arias
Supporters of presidential candidate Michel Martelly run from tear gas shot by U.N. forces during a protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Wednesday.