The Pitit Desalin political movement has called for demonstrations April 19-21, including in the capital Port-au-Prince and the city of Les Cayes (southwest), to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse. Protests in Port-au-Prince on Thursday, April 19, are expected to run from the Champ de Mars to the center of the Pétionville suburb. Demonstrations in other Haitian cities are also to be anticipated in the coming days.
All protests in Haiti, even smaller ones, have the potential to disrupt daily life as they often involve roadblocks and/or violence.
Pitit Desalin is led by former presidential candidate Jean-Charles Moïse (no relation). He - along with two other losing presidential candidates - rejected the official results of the November 2016 presidential elections in which the ruling party’s Jovenel Moïse was victorious, leading to a number of violent demonstrations in the months following the vote.
The April protests will also denounce the country’s rising rates of violent crime, alleged government efforts to bury the PetroCaribe corruption scandal, and poor socioeconomic conditions.
Individuals in Haiti are advised to monitor the situation and to strictly avoid all protests and associated roadblocks due to the high likelihood of violence.