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People take pictures with their cell phones as protesters march during a demonstration to demand the resignation of Haitian president Jovenel Moise, in the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti October 4, 2019. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

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The film you are about to watch will show people coming from Cité Soleil, a large impoverished area in Port-au-Prince, marching to Petion-Ville, which is a more upper-middle-class community. Protesters are making it clear that they want the U.S.-backed President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, to go. They also want accountability for the $4.2 billion loaned to Haiti from Venezuela in PetroCaribe dollars. They are demanding to know where that money is, as it has disappeared.

By Margaret Prescod

Published on the author’s YouTube channel, Sept 29, 2019
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VIDEO

Part 1 of a documentary film chronicling anti-government protests in Haiti on Thursday, Sept. 26 and Friday, Sept. 27. Recorded and produced on the ground in Port-au-Prince by “Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod.” “Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod” is a news and public affairs program that is broadcast on the Pacifica Radio Network in 25 U.S. cities and around the world.

On Thursday, Sept. 26, we visited an area right in the shadow of the statue of Jean-Jacques Dessalines, one of the liberators of Haiti during the Haitian Revolution. In a major intersection there, protesters set up a barricade and we spoke to people at that barricade, including women, men and a 14-year-old boy. On Friday, Sept. 27, there were mass protests not only in Port-au-Prince, but across the entire country.

In Port-au-Prince, protesters managed to lock down the entire city. Grassroots movements here have a method of locking down the city, where nothing can function. The only way we were able to get around to cover the protests was to travel on motorcycle.

The film you are about to watch will show people coming from Cité Soleil, a large impoverished area in Port-au-Prince, marching to Petion-Ville, which is a more upper-middle-class community. Protesters are making it clear that they want the U.S.-backed President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, to go. They also want accountability for the $4.2 billion loaned to Haiti from Venezuela in PetroCaribe dollars. They are demanding to know where that money is, as it has disappeared.

The present government as well as the previous government of Michel Martelly were involved in the disappearance of that money, according to reports. They also want a period of transition (about 36 months) after which they are hoping to have clear and clean elections in Haiti. People are demanding a true democracy in Haiti.

Following the film, don’t go away because right after our credits, you will watch an interview with a man who did not want to be on camera, but had quite a lot to say. Port-au-Prince, Haiti • Sept. 26-27, 2019 With Margaret Prescod Filmed & Produced By Ramiro Fúnez Interpretation By Junior St Vil Thanks To RadioTeleTimon Special Thanks To Global Women’s Strike & Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike For those who can, help make it possible for the “Sojourner Truth” team to continue to do on the ground coverage in Haiti.

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