Police said six people were killed and at least five injured on Sunday during demonstrations in Haiti to protest the alleged misappropriation of Petrocaribe funds, a program that is providing discount Venezuelan oil to several countries in the region.
President Jovenel Moise called for dialogue with opposition groups demanding his resignation for failing to investigate corruption.
Thousands of Haitians protested in front of the National Palace in Port-au-Prince to request an investigation of US $ 3.8 billion to fund the Petrocaribe program.
Clashes with the police broke out after protesters blocked the streets and set some tires on fire.
A Haitian Senate investigation found that at least 14 government members appear to have embezzled $ 3.8 billion under the administration of former President Michel Martelly, but no one has been charged.
Clashes allegedly took place during smaller demonstrations across the country.
Four people were injured during clashes in San Marcos, northeast of the capital, and dozens of people were arrested, police said.
Police said they have deployed more than 3,000 officers in the capital, in the city of Cap-Haïtien and in other smaller cities.
As early as 2005, Venezuela offered discounted crude oil with extremely flexible repayment terms to several Central American and Caribbean countries.
David Pinder is a Senior Politics Reporter at Buffalo Morning Star covering state and national politics, and he is a grantee with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Before joining Buffalo Morning Star, he worked as a researcher and writer for the Institute for Northern Studies at Ohio State University and as a freelance journalist in Alaska, having been published by over dozens of outlets including NPR, the Center for Media and Yahoo.