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Haiti Protesters Demand Higher Minimum Wage

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A demonstrator who began to break car windows, is detained by police during a protest against the proposed wage increase garment workers say is too little, at an industrial park in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dec. 11, 2013.

A demonstrator who began to break car windows, is detained by police during a protest against the proposed wage increase garment workers say is too little, at an industrial park in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dec. 11, 2013.

Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, to demand an increase in their wages.

Factory workers say the government's recommendation to raise the minimum wage from $4.54 to $5.11 for an eight-hour work day, an increase of 13 percent, is insufficient.

Workers, carrying tree branches as a symbol of grassroots solidarity, are demanding twice that amount.

The raise is due to take effect on January 1, pending approval from the ministry of social affairs.
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