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Scores of Haitians take to streets to protest against tax hike
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Scores of Haitians take to streets to protest against tax hike

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Haitians took to the streets of Port-au-Prince for the second consecutive day amidst public anger over government tax hikes that have come at a time when foreign aid to the impoverished nation is declining.

The Port-au-Prince protest, called by former presidential candidate Jean-Charles Moise represents the biggest outcry against the administration of President Jovenel Moise since he took office earlier this year.

The protest was marred by violence after attacks on businesses in the capital.

Protesters took to the streets in separate groups in several districts in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, erecting flaming barricades, blocking traffic, and confronting riot police, who fired tear gas and warning shots in the air.

Lawmakers last weekend approved an unpopular budget that raises taxes on products including cigarettes, alcohol and passports.

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