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03 Sep 2019 | 12:11 PM UTC

Haiti: Protests reported in Port-au-Prince September 2

Haiti News Alert

Protests reported in Port-au-Prince September 2 while more are likely on September 3

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/3/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/5/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Port-au-Prince). COUNTRY/REGION Port-au-Prince

Event

A fuel shortage and rationing have prompted protests throughout Port-au-Prince on Monday, September 2. Motorcycle gangs, who reportedly sell oil on the black market, were refused service at gas stations, prompting violence in the city. This included their members attacking passing vehicles, erecting roadblocks, rock throwing near the Port-au-Prince Airport (PAP), and unplanned protests throughout Port-au-Prince. Due to ongoing fuel restrictions, fuel truck drivers have gone on strike due to targeted attacks for the oil, further exacerbating the situation.

Similar violence and more protests are expected in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, September 3.

Context

Haiti has faced numerous demonstrations 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. Protests have segmented society and have exacerbated an already unstable political situation. The security environment in Haiti remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

Advice

Individuals in Port-au-Prince are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate localized transportation disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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