Several thousand Haitians are marching in parallel protests in the Caribbean nation's capital.

One group that numbered about 600 was heading Friday to the U.S. Embassy to decry what it sees as political interference. Riot police blocked the area.

A second and smaller group placed a flower in a school yard to mark the anniversary of an election day massacre that took place 26 years ago.

Some of the protesters displayed banners of former two-time president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, to show support.

Haiti has seen a spike in the number of protests in recent months, with a few of them turning violent.

Demonstrators have objected to the rising cost of living, charges of corruption and legislative and local elections that are two years overdue.