Haitians protest against violence

Tensions escalated in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on Monday, as thousands of protesters took to the streets to speak out against the country's devastating gang violence, which last week resulted in the death of a police officer.

Government vehicles were set on fire, as protesters - many masked - squared off against the police, demanding protection and aid.

Eyewitnesses said he authorities later used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

The protesters highlighted the rise of gangs, devastating health care and security, with growing numbers of kidnappings and homicides.

The United Nations refugee agency estimates that 73,500 people fled Haiti last year in light of growing gang violence and poverty.

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