About 100 protest planned eviction in Haiti

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – About 100 people marched in Haiti’s capital Thursday to protest a government plan that threatens to demolish their homes.The protesters said they won’t let authorities destroy their houses even though they sit on the edge of a ravine looming over Port-au-Prince and sometimes crash down the hillside during heavy rains and leave people dead.“I built my own house, and I’m not going to let anyone come and destroy it,” said Jony Juichelle, a 26-year-old protester. “If the government thinks that it’s going to destroy my house, they will have to kill me first.” Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   center_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Patients with chronic pain give advice Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The demonstration was the second in as many weeks since Haitian officials announced the plan to demolish up to 450 homes in the shantytown to make way for a flood-protection project in the ravine.More than 1,000 people participated in the first protest against the plan, which officials say would provide new land northeast of the capital for homes but for only about 200 people now living in the targeted shantytown.The steep ravine snakes through one of Haiti’s biggest shantytowns and ends in front of an elite private school attended by the children of foreign diplomats and Haitian professionals. Seasonal rains cause the ravine to flood and sweep debris to the school entrance.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more