Police: 2 dead, dozens injured in protests across Haiti

Police: 2 dead, dozens injured in protests across Haiti
A police officer fires his shotgun during a protest demanding to know how Petro Caribe funds have been used by the current and past administrations, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Much of the financial support to help Haiti rebuild after the 2010 earthquake comes from Venezuela's Petro Caribe fund, a 2005 pact that gives suppliers below-market financing for oil and is under the control of the central government. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Authorities in Haiti say at least two people were killed and dozens injured during large protests over alleged misuse of government funds.

Police spokesman Michel-Ange Louis-Jeune said Thursday that 11 people were injured by bullets and 11 officers by flying rocks. However, municipal officials reported higher numbers.

Saint-Marc Deputy Mayor Frantz Ulysse said 14 people were injured on Wednesday when police opened fire to clear a road for a presidential motorcade. He said 10 were hit by bullets and three are in critical condition.

Protesters were demanding more transparency in how the government uses funds from Petrocaribe, an oil assistance program sponsored by Venezuela. An investigation by Haiti’s Senate found that at least 14 former government officials allegedly misused .8 billion under the administration of former president Michel Martelly.