Local sources indicate that the government of Haiti is set to announce a rise in diesel fuel prices on the evening (local time) of Wednesday, September 18. The expected announcement comes amid a wave of violent protests in Port-au-Prince in recent days over fuel shortages and a government corruption scandal. Further incidents of civil unrest, including additional anti-government protests, are possible over the coming days.
A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected near any related demonstration.
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. The protests have divided Haitian society and have exacerbated an already-unstable political situation.
Individuals in Haiti, and particularly those 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.
The security environment in Haiti remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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