Haitians protested Thursday in front of the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince over Trump's "shit holes" comment

Posted by AP on Thursday, January 18, 2018 Under: National

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haitians showed their anger over recent words and actions by U.S. President Donald Trump with a protest Thursday outside the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince.

Demonstrators gathered outside the gates of the embassy complex chanting slogans and waving signs denouncing Trump over reported disparaging remarks about Haiti and a move to end a program that gave temporary legal status to thousands of Haitians in the U.S.

Signs and Creole chants by the protesters criticized reported remarks by the president last week in which he is said to have profanely labeled African countries and asked why the U.S. would want more Haitians.

"We are here today to let President Donald Trump know that we declare him persona non grata in Haiti," said protest leader Mario Joseph, a prominent human rights lawyer and activist in the country.

The protest by fewer than 100 demonstrators was peaceful and ended without incident. Another demonstration was planned for next week.

The Haitian government said it was shocked by the reported remarks, which came on the eve of the anniversary of the country's devastating January 2010 earthquake.

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