Haiti's embattled President Jovenel Moise was forced Thursday, October 17, to hold a private ceremony amid heavy security for what is usually a public celebration of one of the country's founding fathers.
READ: Jovenel Moise and other officials appeared at the National Pantheon Museum in downtown Port-au-Prince as hundreds of armed police officers closed down the surrounding area while protesters who demanded his resignation began to gather nearby.
Moise left after the brief ceremony to commemorate the death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines, whose rule ended in 1806 following a military revolt.
Protesters had prevented Moise from visiting Pont-Rouge, the site north of the capital where Dessalines was killed and where the ceremony is usually held.
Anger over corruption, inflation and scarcity of basic goods including fuel has led to large demonstrations that began five weeks ago and have shuttered many businesses and schools.
Thousands of protesters gathered in Port-au-Prince while a smaller crowd turned up at Pont-Rouge as they criticized Moïse.