Crowds Swarm U.S. Embassy in Haiti

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    In a sign of mounting fear and desperation in Haiti, a large crowd has gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince Friday.

    An estimated one thousand people flocked to the grounds around the building, following unsubstantiated rumours on radio and social media that the U.S. will be handing out humanitarian visas.

    Wednesday’s assassination of President Jovenel Moise’s has turned what was already a country in turmoil into a nation running scared.

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    In This Story: Haiti

    Haiti is a Caribbean country that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic to its east. Though it’s still recovering from a 2010 earthquake, many of Haiti’s landmarks dating to the early 19th century remain intact. These include Citadelle la Ferrière, a mountaintop fortress.

    Jean-Jacques Dessalines (later Emperor Jacques I), defeated Napoleon Bonaparte’s forces and declared Haiti’s sovereignty on 1 January 1804.

    Haiti became the only state in history established by a successful slave revolt. Apart from Alexandre Pétion, the first President of the Republic, all of Haiti’s first leaders were former slaves.

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