The US embassy in Port-au-Prince has issued a security message warning of protests planned to be held in the capital on Friday, July 3. Demonstrators are expected to gather at Place Saint Pierre in the Petionville area of the city at around 10:00 (local time) before proceeding to the Ministry of Justice in the Bois Verna neighborhood, where a sit-in will be held on Avenue Charles Sumner.
Friday's demonstration is intended to be peaceful. However, protests in Haiti can quickly escalate and frequently involve clashes between demonstrators and security forces. A heightened security presence is likely at the Ministry of Justice and along the planned protest route in the near term, with an associated risk of localized travel disruptions.
Those in Port-au-Prince are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations, anticipate localized disruptions to transportation and business, 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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