Haiti remembers quake dead amid political crisis

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Protesters burn tires during a march against the government of Haitian President Michel Martelly in Port-au-Prince, on January 11, 2015Port-au-Prince (AFP) – Haiti marked the fifth anniversary Monday of the massive earthquake that ravaged an already desperately poor nation, even as it sought a way out of its latest debilitating political crisis. President Michel Martelly led the official tributes, calling for unity to better prepare Haiti for its next challenge, but the government’s three-year failure to organize elections has undermined his authority. Laying flowers at a monument in Place St Christophe in the still damaged capital, he paid tribute to the sacrifice of Haitian and foreign rescuers who flocked to Port-au-Prince in 2010. “Five years later, are we ready to face other catastrophes that could strike Haiti?” he asked.