Protesters in Haiti clash with police over fraud in presidential contest

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A protest against alleged fraud in Haiti’s recent presidential election has turned violent, with some demonstrators hurling rocks and police breaking up the rally with tear gas.

About 300 people took part in the traffic-snarling, three-hour demonstration Saturday in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.

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WATCH ABOVE: A man was shot dead in Port-Au-Prince Haiti on Thursday and protests continued on Saturday with about 300 people protesting against the results given by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) and against the candidate of the ruling party Jovenel Moise.

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The preliminary results announced Thursday from the 54-candidate presidential election held on Oct. 25 showed government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise and former state construction chief Jude Celestin heading for a runoff vote in December.

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Eight presidential candidates denounced widespread fraud in the voting, setting off at-times violent street protests.

On Saturday, supporters of Celestin held placards with pictures of the candidate that said “Jude or Death.” They denounced fraud in favour of Moise.

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