Protesters in Haiti burn businesses in push to oust leader

Protesters in Haiti burn businesses in push to oust leader
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019 file photo, Haiti's President Jovenel Moise speaks during an interview in his office in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Moise is urging a pause in protests that have paralyzed the Caribbean nation. The Haitian leader appealed for calm and unity in a televised speech early Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, as he asked opponents to help his administration resolve the multiple problems Haiti is facing. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery, File)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Protesters seeking to oust Haitian President Jovenel Moise have attacked businesses and a police station, and opposition leaders are pledging that there will be no peace until he resigns.

Leaders of opposition parties have sent groups of young men onto the streets for three weeks to enforce a shutdown of businesses and public services.

The protesters pledged a massive demonstration Friday to increase pressure on Moises. By midmorning, witnesses said demonstrators had burnt and ransacked a police station in Cite Soleil, a sprawling seaside shantytown. A reporter for radio station Zenith FM said he had seen an Avis car rental office attacked and burnt.

Sen. Youri Latortue, one of the opposition leaders, told Radio Caraibes that “if Jovenel doesn’t resign today, whatever happens to him is not our responsibility.”