Six years after the massive earthquake in Haiti, many people in the country continue to hold Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the Clinton Foundation responsible for a botched recovery effort that cost billions for seemingly little returns.
The New York Times reports that the Clintons have been a top target of protesters in Port au Prince, who claim earthquake aid money was mismanaged and lucrative deals went to Clinton cronies.
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Critics singled out the Caracol industrial park, a project backed by both the Clinton Foundation and the State Department. Hundreds of farmers had their lands seized during the park’s construction, and the project did not result in the number of jobs promised:
Among the litany of complaints being laid at their feet: Fewer than half the jobs promised at the industrial park, built after 366 farmers were evicted from their lands, have materialized. Many millions of dollars earmarked for relief efforts have yet to be spent. Mrs. Clinton’s brother Tony Rodham has turned up in business ventures on the island, setting off speculation about insider deals.
"A vote for Hillary Clinton means further corruption, further death and destruction for our people," said Dahoud Andre, a radio show host in New York who has helped organize protests against the Clintons. "It means more Haitians leaving Haiti and not being able to live in our country."
And now, a president who Mrs. Clinton helped get elected has turned out to be another in a long line of troubling leaders.
Tony Jeanthenor, 55, a member of the Miami-based Haitian human rights group Veye-Yo as well as Lavalas Family, a Haitian political party, said he was voting for Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont because of the senator’s distaste for involvement in other countries’ affairs.
"Nothing good for Haiti can come out of Hillary because of her past behavior," Mr. Jeanthenor said.