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Taking it to the walls

CAP-HAITIEN — Burning tires, marches, peyilòk and dechoukaj. There’s no shortage of ways to express anger, dissatisfaction and helplessness in the streets of Haiti these days. Among the most common methods, admittedly less alarming, Haitians let out their frustrations is graffiti. 

The wall markings tend to be more scrawls than the highly stylized, colorful artwork that define the genre. Despite being in a country where everything is scarce, the writings still serve their purpose to express frustrations. At times, they also function as billboards for public service announcements (PSAs).

In Cap-Haitien, demonstrators have filled the walls of the northern city with protest graffiti.  Some denounce or praise politicians, others criticize international bodies. Here’s a sampling of expressions through graffiti from Haiti’s second largest city.

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