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Haiti: Protests continue throughout Haiti on February 10 /update 9

Protests continue nationwide for fourth consecutive day on February 10; avoid all protests

10 Feb 04:19 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 2/9/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/11/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Port-au-Prince). COUNTRY/REGION Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Event

Demonstrations calling for the indictment and resignation of President Jovenel Moïse continue to be reported for the fourth consecutive day in Port-au-Prince and throughout Haiti as of Sunday morning (local time), February 10. As of 10:30, demonstrations and roadblocks are being reported in CabaretCarrefour, and in the Place Aéroport, Nazon, and Delmas 30 areas of Port-au-Prince. Protesters on motorcycles have also been reported between Delmas 83 and Pétion-Ville. On Sunday, the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued a security warning, advising its personnel in the country to shelter in place and avoid all travel.

Further demonstrations (with the potential to turn violent) and significant transportation disruptions are expected in Port-au-Prince and throughout the country on Sunday afternoon. Clashes between security forces and protesters are likely. According to local reports, continued protests could lead to disruptions in the supply of gasoline and other goods to rural areas of the country, further exacerbating social unrest.

Context

Violent demonstrations have been taking place on a daily basis since Thursday, February 7, with demonstrators erecting roadblocks, burning tires, and throwing rocks at security forces. On February 7, protesters reportedly pelted President Jovenel Moïse's residence with rocks. Violent demonstrations have also been reported in Les Cayes (Sud department), Petit-Goâve, Cabaret, Aracahaie (Ouest department), Gonaïves, and Saint-Marc (Artibonite department). Several people have been killed in the demonstrations, with dozens more suffering injuries. On February 9, a United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) armored personnel carrier accidentally collided with a collective taxi, killing four people in the Canapé Vert area of Port-au-Prince and further exacerbating social unrest.

Numerous demonstrations have been staged in recent months 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. Violent protests took place in late 2018, with gunfire, roadblocks, and mob violence reported across the country,.

Advice

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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