Around two thousand people in Haiti have taken to the streets of the capital, Port-au-Prince, to protest an alleged remark by US President Donald Trump describing their country as a “s**thole.”
The protesters rallied on Monday in the first major rally in Haiti since Trump allegedly made the comment in a White House meeting with Congress members some two weeks ago.
While he seemingly denied having used the vulgar word, those present at the White House meeting later confirmed that he had said it.
“Trump is a vulgar racist, and a racist is a very poor-minded person,” said one of the protesters carrying a Haitian flag. “We don’t feel any resentment against the American people, who we know largely disapprove of Trump’s behavior in the White House.”
The protest event was supposed to conclude across from the US Embassy in the Haitian capital, where the participants planned to issue a statement. However, police barred the protesters from reaching the immediate perimeter of the compound in a bid to avert potential violence.
Among those taking part in the rally were supporters of Haitian opposition groups critical of President Jovenel Moise, whom they blame for failure to do enough personally to censure Trump over the reported remark. Moise was also condemned during the protest march.
This is while Haiti’s government and its ambassador to Washington slammed Trump’s reported remark, which caused uproar in the world’s first independent black republic as well as across the globe.