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Acts of “dechoukaj” continue, phone and internet disrupted around Haiti


Scenes of looting spread as demonstrations that began as protests turned into riots this week, multiplying in Port-au-Prince and other areas of Haiti and leading to the death of at least one person.

The shift took place Wednesday, around the same time a crowd headed by Jimmy “Barbecue” Chèrizier took to the streets of the capital to commit acts of “dechoukaj,” the Creole word for “uprooting” that means getting rid of a system or group to start anew.

The Chèrizier mob, accompanied by a rara band, sang and shouted that they are hungry and threatened to loot the shops.

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Murdith Joseph is a social worker and journalist. She studied at the State University of Haiti and Maurice Communication. She first worked as a journalist presenter and reporter for Radio Sans Fin (RSF) then as a journalist reporter for Radio tele pacific and writting for the daily Le National. Today she joined the Haitian Times team and covers the news in Port-Au-Prince-Haiti.

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I am Juhakenson Blaise, a journalist based in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I cover the news that develops in this city and deals with other subjects related to the experience of Haitians for the Haitian Times newspaper. I am also a lover of poetry.

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