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28 Mar 2019 | 05:18 PM UTC

Haiti: Protests and roadblocks reported in Port-au-Prince March 28

Haiti News Alert

Protests and roadblocks by waste management workers reported in Port-au-Prince March 28; localized disruptions to travel and heightened tensions are to be expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/28/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/29/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Port-au-Prince). COUNTRY/REGION Port-au-Prince

Event

On Thursday, March 28, American diplomatic authorities in Port-au-Prince issued a security alert for active roadblocks on Avenue Maïs Gaté, near Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP), and along Rue Carradeux. The roadblocks were reportedly erected by waste management workers, who are protesting over unpaid wages. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected in the aforementioned areas over the coming hours.

Context

National Solid Waste Management Service (SNGRS) workers have staged several demonstrations in recent days over unpaid wages. 

As a reminder, demonstrations calling for the indictment and resignation of President Jovenel Moïse are possible nationwide on March 29. Local sources indicate protests will take place in the capital Port-au-Prince and other cities on Friday to coincide with the 32nd anniversary of the ratification of the Haitian constitution.

Advice

Individuals in Haiti, particularly in Port-au-Prince, are advised to remain vigilant, report suspicious objects and behavior to the police, follow instructions issued by local authorities, and take security precautions (e.g. keep signs of wealth concealed, drive with doors locked and windows rolled up, avoid walking alone, avoid traveling in isolated urban areas at night, etc.). As criminals are often armed, do not attempt to resist would-be attackers or thieves and give up all demanded objects to avoid escalating the situation.

 

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