According to US diplomatic authorities, there is an ongoing protest outside the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince as of the afternoon (local time) of Tuesday, November 19. A separate protest is also reportedly being held in the vicinity of the French Embassy in the Champ des Mars area.
A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected in the above-mentioned areas over the coming hours. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Haiti has faced numerous demonstrations in recent months calling 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 exacerbated an already unstable political situation.
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.
The security environment in Haiti remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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