Haitian protesters called for the withdrawal of United Nations troops from Haiti on Wednesday, clashing with police and security forces.
The protesters demanded UN troops, there since 2004, leave and hurled rocks at Haitian police in riot gear. In response, the officers fired tear gas canisters to dispersed the crowd of several hundred people.
The UN has 12,000 military and police personnel stationed in Haiti, which have come under increasing criticism from Haitians after several incidents of abuse. The alleged sexual assault of an 18 year old Haitian man by UN peacekeepers in July has added to the Haitian peoples’ grievances.