Off-duty Haitian police officers exchanged fire with members of the newly reconstituted Haitian army in front of the national palace, Sunday, February 23, in a dangerous escalation of protests over police pay and working conditions.
READ MORE: AP journalists saw dozens of men, who said they were off-duty officers, march with hundreds of supporters toward the palace in Port-au-Prince, in the latest in days of demonstrations demanding better pay for Haitian law enforcement officers.
The protest stopped outside a military outpost facing the palace.
AP journalists saw several soldiers at the outpost fire into the air. Shortly afterward, an exchange of fire erupted between the soldiers and police. It wasn’t clear which side began firing first.
President Jovenel Moise said he was aware of conditions at the police headquarters. (AP)