“Power corrupts…absolute power corrupts absolutely”.
Protesters in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti were enraged by the results of Haiti’s troubled presidential election. Barricades and political offices were set ablaze, and blows were traded with U.N. peacekeepers. The country’s only international airport was also closed, creating the social upheaval many have feared since the Jan. 12 earthquake.
One protester commented, “we voted for change but it didn’t happen!”.
The fallout from the Nov. 28 election, riddled by fraud, is violently shutting down cities across the impoverished country with gunfire and barricades at a moment when medical aid workers need to tackle a surging cholera epidemic that has already claimed the lives of over 2000 people.
Haiti’s Radio Metropole reported that at least one demonstrator was killed in Les Cayes, about 120 miles west of Port-au-Prince in the country’s southern peninsula.
The protesters back a popular carnival singer who narrowly lost a spot in a runoff election to Jude Celestin, a political unknown viewed by supporters and detractors alike as a continuation of unpopular President Rene Preval’s administration. The U.S. Embassy criticized the preliminary results Tuesday, saying Haitian, U.S. and other international monitors had predicted that Celestin was likely to be eliminated in the first round.