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CIMO officers shot during Haiti Protest

At least two policemen have been injured after clashes erupted between opposition supporters and police forces during a protest against presidential election results in Port-au-Prince. It was reported that the CIMO officer received the bullet in the belly. He was taking to a truck, head wrapped and later observed getting out of the car on his own. The protest yesterday was erupted following the final results of the first round of the presidential elections that were released on Monday by the CEP. The CEP has announced that Jovenel Moise and Jude Celestin had come out as the two top winners of the first round of the presidential election.

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More Protests announced in Haiti for Coming Days

The protests of Haitians against the published election result are still continuing, protest against the ruling party has almost become a daily occurrence. In the midst of controversy, the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) has confirmed that government backed candidate Jovenel Moise will face Jude Celestin in the final runoff on December 27th. The number that puts ruling party's candidate Jovenel Moïse much ahead of his other contenders has raised suspicions of massive frauds.

Former senator Moise Jean-Charles, who came third with 14.2% votes, has claimed that his supporters have found numerous partially burnt ballots marked with his name and many ballots favoring his support went missing. An exit poll on October 25th revealed that a little over 6% of the sample voters had said that they have voted in favor of Jovenel Moise, and that estimate placed him fourth on the winning rank list. Surprisingly, when the result was out, he came to the top with a total 32.8 % (511,992) votes defeating Celestine's 25.2% (394,390) votes.

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FLASH - Protest on Friday, one death, several cars on fire

The pressure on the CEP was intensified yesterday (Friday, November 21, 2015) as thousands of Haitians continue to demand that last month's presidential election be annulled. The protest that started peacefully turned violent after they were attacked by government supporters who threw rocks, blocks and bottles. The clash resulted in one death, two cars burned to the ground, several injuries and lost of business merchandises. One of the major injuries involves a Haitian protester who was hit in the head with a machete. The report indicated that the cars were burned around Delmas 95. In addition, several street merchants lost their inventories as people were running for cover.

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Police under strict order to prevent a Major protest from reaching Petion-Ville.

Several thousands of people were once again in the streets to demand the annulment of the last election in Haiti. One thing that is different this time they are now in favor of a transitional government to replace the current Martelly-Paul Government. So far, no incident of violence has been reported; however it is not certain this will remain. The crowd is as we speak is heading straight to confrontation with Police. The protesters are heading to the CEP local in Petion-Ville. We learned that that Police received orders not to let the protest reach the CEP local in Petion-Ville.

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Moise Jean Charles wounded during protest

Senator Steven Benoit was not the only one who had a difficult day yesterday. Senator Moise Jean Charles was also wounded during their confrontation with the police as he was protesting the decision of the CEP not have an independent panel to investigate allegation of fraud during the past election. According to Moise this is a grave incident that took place yesterday. This was a quiet manifestation and the moment he was ready to speak to the crowd, Police opened fire. He also stated that the government is the one responsible for creating an atmosphere of panic in the country. They have a mission to fight. Stand up and fight

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Steven Benoit wounded by rubber bullet during protest

You are looking at Senator Steven Benoit as he was wounded by a rubber bullet in the face during a protest march on November 18, the day of the battle of Vertiere. He was in the company of Senator Moise Jean Charles who also was a victim in the protest. The Senator described the action of the Police officer responsible for the shooting as illegal and demanded that he is punished. Senator Benoit also reaffirmed his commitment to the protest demanding that an independent commission be established to investigate alleged election fraud. According to the Senator, "the Police officer fired on us when we arrived. They clearly knew who we were". He went on to say that the manifestation was calm until that time.

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Protest and Violence marking Novemver 18, 2015VIDEO

Here is a some video footing for the day of the Battle of Vertiere. It was marked by mass protest and manifestation against the CEP as the polulation was denouncing the country's preliminary presidential results.

WATCH VIDEO: Violent protests marking November 18 over preliminary election results

An exit poll revealed a curious feature because a little over 6% of voters had said that they have voted for the government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise, placing him on the fourth. Surprisingly, when the result was out, he came to the top with 32.8 % of the votes. However, it is a fact that exit polls are not always accurate indicators.

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Haitian among the Protesters Caught With Machete

On November 20th, in protest against the published presidential election result, agitated protesters came out on the street of Port-au-Prince. Protest against the ruling party has almost become a daily occurrence because all the opposition parties are of opinion that the October 25 election and the published results are nothing but an "electoral coup d'état," orchestrated by President Martelly and his men to make their candidate Jovenel Moise a winner.

Firstly, the protesters were resisted by some Martelly supporters on the street and they started hurling rocks and other objects between themselves in the streets of Port-Au-Prince. After some time, a gang of about 20 hooded men in a white pickup (license plate number 1-00692) armed with machetes, hammers, pipes and guns attacked the marchers. A young man was shot dead and one marcher was wounded in the head by a machete. The police present on the spot turned a blind eye. As per the latest news, the Haitian police have arrested a demonstrator with machetes at the end of a march in Port-au-Prince.

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FLASH - Jean H. Ceant arrested, Steven Benoit, Moise Jean Charles shot during protest

A protest organized by the opposition turned bloody. We received information that several presidential candidates were victimized during the protest. Some sources revealed that former Presidential candidate Jean Henry Ceant was arrested. In addition, candidates Moise jean Charles and Steven Benoit both were attained by gunshots.

We are currently gathering more information and will provide updates instantly.

Jean Henry Ceant arete, Yo tire sou Steven Benoit ak Moise Jean Charles pandan pwotestasyon

Yon pwotestasyon ki te òganize pa opozisyon an Jodi-a tounen an san. Nou resevwa enfòmasyon ke plizyè kandida prezidansyèl te viktim pandan pwotestasyon an. Gen kèk sous ki di ke ansyen Kandida pou prezidan Jean Henry Ceant te arete. Anplis, kandida Moise Jean Charles ak Steven Benoit recevwa bal

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Haitian Government back off from plan, Strike still on scheduled

Nothing will prevent the strikes scheduled for November 9 and 10 form taking place. On Friday, after a Council of Government the Haitian government had taken the decision to remove previous decision to increase the budget for the fiscal year 2015-2016. Prime Minister Evans Paul during a press stated that the government listens to the population. According to the Prime Minister, we analyzed the current socio-political context and understands the difficult situation of the population. He announced that costs such as fees for driver's license, registration, license plates and passports will remain unchanged. In addition proposed severance pays for certain government officials will not be implemented. The government is hoping that these new decisions would change the mind of the trade unionists who have scheduled the two day strike.

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