Haitian authorities use tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesting students. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Anti-government street protesters took to the streets of Port-au-Prince again on Friday (February 13) as the country plunged deeper into political and economic crises even as many prepared for the annual Carnival, normally a time of peaceful revelry. University students marched and chanted anti-government slogans while they ran through the streets to protest against gas prices. Police used tear gas to disperse the crowds. The impoverished Caribbean nation is in the midst of a political crisis after the previous prime minister was forced to resign in December and parliament was dissolved over the failure to hold municipal and legislative elections. For three months, President Michel Martelly has faced radical government opponents calling for his removal, with students joining the protests last week. Haiti's government badly needs to raise cash from the sale of gasoline to pay off its mounting fuel debt with Venezuela's preferential PetroCaribe program, which has ballooned to about $1.5 billion.