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21 Nov 2018 | 10:22 PM UTC

Haiti: Widespread reports of gunfire and roadblocks as protests continue Nov. 21 /update 5

Haiti News Alert

Anti-corruption protests continue on November 21; gunfire, road blocks, and burning tires reported across Port-au-Prince

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/20/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/25/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Port-au-Prince). COUNTRY/REGION Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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Violent protests are ongoing in Haiti amid widespread reports of gunfire and roadblocks on Wednesday, November 21. At least 11 people have been killed and at least three others wounded in the unrest since Sunday, November 18. On Wednesday, gunfire was reported in Port-au-Prince near GOC Univesite, Delmas 75, Martissant, and Carrefour. Roadblocks and burning tires were also reported near Aristide University and Martissant. Further roadblocks and violence are likely in other areas of Port-au-Prince as well as in other cities. Government offices, schools, and many embassies remain closed. Additionally, BahamasAir suspended services to Haiti on Tuesday, November 20, for an indefinite period. Continued protests, roadblocks, transportation disruptions, and violence are expected in the coming days.


Violent demonstrations took place across Haiti on November 18-20, including in Port-au-Prince, Cap-Haïtien, Pétion-Ville, Lalue, Croix-des-Bouquets, Les Cayes, and Chalon. Protesters staged multiple demonstrations in October to call for greater government transparency after several public officials, including President Jovenel Moïse, were implicated in a scandal related to the alleged misuse of PetroCaribe funds.


Individuals in Haiti are advised to keep abreast of 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 (e.g. travel restrictions). Be prepared to shelter in place in the event of prolonged civil unrest (e.g. stockpile supplies of preserved foods and fresh water).


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