Haitian students demand teachers return to classrooms, clash with police

Students demanding teachers return to the classrooms (Photo: CMC)

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Students say they will return to the streets on Tuesday demanding teachers report for work after they clashed with police who used teargas to defuse the situation on Monday.

The teachers, mainly in the Petit-Goâve area, have not been attending classes demanding the payment of arrears and letters of appointment. Some teachers have joined the strike in solidarity with their colleagues.

But on Monday, students from the Faustin Soulouque, EFACAP and the Nissage David National School, took to the streets demanding the resumption of classes.

The protest turned violent after the students went to the College Pierre Baptiste to ask the students there to join the march. Eyewitnesses said that the students then became embroiled in throwing stones and bottles at each other, and later turned on the police who had arrived on the scene.

Police later arrested a student from the College Pierre Baptiste and that resulted in students demanding his release.

The demonstrators were joined by other people who began throwing stones at the police officers until the student was released into the care of journalists covering the demonstration.

But the students continued their protest action in other streets forcing the police to use teargas to disperse them.

The students have warned that they would continue their action on Tuesday calling on teachers to return to their classrooms.