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Haiti protests over quake aid

Issue No. 2187

Hundreds of people protested against Haitian president Rene Preval on Saturday of last week.

The protesters in the earthquake-hit country are angry at the lack of aid and the soaring prices of basic goods.

The spontaneous protest took place outside the ruined presidential palace as Preval visited.

Some held photos of former president Jean-Bertrand Artistide, who has been in exile since 2004.

A small but angry group of public service workers protested outside a government press conference the same day.

“The government has no power,” one protester said. “It’s completely incapable of helping us.”

The so-called “Somali pirates” have turned Robin Hood—by sending some of their loot to help Haiti.

The pirates already redistribute much of their money among relatives and local people.

And now pirate leaders have pledged to help deliver aid to earthquake survivors.

“The humanitarian aid to Haiti cannot be controlled by the United States and European countries,” said a spokespirate.

“They are the ones who have been pirating mankind for many years.”

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Tue 2 Feb 2010, 19:19 GMT
Issue No. 2187
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