Groups of protesters clashed with police across Port-au-Prince on Monday, September 7, amid demonstrations calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moïseand to denounce insecurity in the wake of the assassination of Me Monferrier, the President of the Bar of Port-au-Prince, on August 28. Protesters set up barricades near Carrefour Vincent while clashes between security forces in armored vehicles and demonstrators occurred in the Carrefour de la Résistance area. Police also used tear gas to disperse protesters in the vicinity of Rue Ducoste. A march organized by the police union calling for better working conditions was also dispersed as it moved along Martin Luther King and John Brown avenues. Protesters then marched on to the vicinity of the National Palace where they scuffled with police and gunfire was also reported. A child reportedly died as a result of tear gas inhalation linked to the unrest, whilst a student was wounded by a live round.
A heightened security presence is likely in the area 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 operations, 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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