Security forces used tear gas and live ammunition to forcibly disperse large-scale protests in Port-au-Prince on Friday, September 27. Thousands of people participated in the demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. Protesters reportedly looted several stores, banks, and ATMs across the capital, notably in the neighborhoods of Delmas and Pétion-Ville. A building and a police vehicle were also set on fire.
Similar protests and clashes between demonstrators and security forces are to be expected in Haiti over the coming days. A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are to be anticipated around protest sites.
Protests in Haiti have been primarily motivated by widespread food and fuel shortages, an ailing economy, and allegations of government corruption.
Individuals traveling in Haiti are advised to avoid all protests as a precaution, monitor the situation, allow ample travel time, and obey instructions issued by the local authorities. Increased vigilance is advised.
The security environment in Haiti remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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