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14 Sep 2018 | 08:18 AM UTC

Haiti: UN warns of potential for large-scale unrest

Haiti News Alert

UN warns of potential for major unrest in Haiti September 10; protests reported in Port-au-Prince September 11

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/14/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/5/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Port-au-Prince). COUNTRY/REGION Haiti, Port-au-Prince

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On September 10, the UN warned of the significant risk of major unrest in Haiti, largely caused by public frustration over the alleged benefits allotted to public servants and the alleged misuse of PetroCaribe funds, as well as gang violence in Port-au-Prince. For example, on September 11, protesters in Port-au-Prince reportedly burned tires on Route de Cazeau near the intersection with Delmas 33, as well as near the Bernard Mevs Hospital.

Additional incidents of social unrest, including protests and associated roadblocks, are to be anticipated in Port-au-Prince over the coming days and weeks. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be anticipated near demonstration sites. Clashes between protesters and police are likely.


Numerous demonstrations have been held in recent months to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse, the liberation of people arrested during violent unrest that broke out July 6-8, and the arrest of individuals implicated in the PetroCaribe corruption scandal.


Individuals in Haiti, especially Port-au-Prince, are advised to monitor the situation, strictly avoid all protests and associated roadblocks due to the likelihood of violence, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.


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