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Very low turnout at ruling party, PHTK, protest

Staff Writer

Haiti Sentinel

PHTK protest low turnout

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Partisans of Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK) held a protest on Monday to counter those of opponents calling election results fraudulent. Strikingly, the protest that snaked through the streets of Petion-Ville had trouble maintaining over 80 people.

PHTK, the party of President Michel Martelly, who sits at the head of a totalitarian regime, has been cleaning up in the elections, winning the majority of legislative seats, major mayoral commissions and leading in the presidential race, according to the Provisional Electoral Council of Pierre Louis Opont. But many, tens of thousands, have begun protesting across Haiti against those elections and their results.

The PHTK candidate for president, Jovenel Moïse, was said to have had more than 500,000 votes but many have accused his party of fraud, with complicity from the United Nations and CEP. They have called for the disqualification of this candidate.

Since Haitian citizens have begun protesting against those results, a climate of repression, supported by the United Nations, United States, France, Spain, European Union and the like who called themselves the Core Group, has begun to set in Haiti.

Protests have been announced to continue but the likelihood that these mobilizations will get violent is likely. Citizens protesting have declared their fight “legitimate defense.”

An earlier version of this article estimated ‘The protest had trouble maintaining 40 people.’ 80 was more accurate.

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