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Protesters march to demand elections and new leaders in Haiti, clash with police in capital

  • A masked anti-government demonstrator stands by burning tires during a protest demanding the resignation of Haiti's President Michel Martelly in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    A masked anti-government demonstrator stands by burning tires during a protest demanding the resignation of Haiti's President Michel Martelly in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

  • An anti-government demonstrator kills a rooster with his teeth during a voodoo ceremony at the start of a protest demanding the resignation of Haiti's President Michel Martelly in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    An anti-government demonstrator kills a rooster with his teeth during a voodoo ceremony at the start of a protest demanding the resignation of Haiti's President Michel Martelly in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

  • Anti-government demonstrators hold up "help" signs directed at Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they demand the resignation of Haiti's President Michel Martelly in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Anti-government demonstrators hold up "help" signs directed at Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they demand the resignation of Haiti's President Michel Martelly in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of people have marched through Haiti's capital demanding that long-delayed elections be held and calling for the president and prime minister to resign.

Protesters in Port-au-Prince burned tires and threw rocks at police Friday. Officers responded with tear gas. No deaths or major injuries were reported.

It was Haiti's third anti-government protest in about a month and the first one in recent years to push through the security perimeter at the National Palace.

Some protesters carried pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin asking him for help. They accused the U.S. of supporting Haiti's current leaders although Washington has pushed for the elections.

Haitian President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe have said they want to hold elections but say legislators of blocking the vote by preventing a quorum.