On Monday, September 23, parliamentarians gathered at the Karibe Hotel in Port-au-Prince for the ratification of Fritz-William Michel as the country's prime minister amid a heightened security presence. Demonstrations were reported near the hotel and police dispersed protesters using teargas. Protesters also tried to stop the sports minister from leaving the building, creating blockades. A heightened security presence is likely in the vicinity of the hotel. Sources indicate that two people were injured due to gunshots. Protesters later looted and burned businesses and vehicles, and attacked local schools.
On Tuesday, September 24, a protest is scheduled, and several meetup points were announced. They include Carrefour de l'aeroport, Champs de Mars, Carrefour Feuilles, Turgeau, Delmas, Bois Verna, St. Jean Bosco church, Lassaline, Desmas 32, Christ Roi church, Lalue, and Carrefour Martissan. Road blockades and burning tires are to be expected in the vicinty of all protests. A heightened security presence is also expected. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Protests are primarily motivated by the fuel crisis, overall government opposition, and the lack of support for the new prime minister.
Individuals traveling in Port-au-Prince area are advised to avoid all protests as a precaution, monitor the situation, allow ample travel time, and obey instructions issued by the local authorities.
The security environment in Haiti remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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