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Haiti: Nationwide protests Nov. 14 and Nov. 18

Opposition groups call for nationwide protests against ruling party on November 14 and 18; avoid all protests

08 Nov 01:11 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 11/14/2017, 12:00 AM until 11/18/2017, 11:59 PM (America/Port-au-Prince). COUNTRY/REGION Haiti

Event

Opposition groups have called for protests to take place throughout the country on Tuesday, November 14, and Saturday, November 18, to demand greater transparency in ongoing corruption investigations and denounce President Jovenel Moïse's government and its 2017-2018 national budget. The largest demonstrations will likely take place in the capital Port-au-Prince and the surrounding suburbs of Pétionville, Delmas, and Carrefour.

As with all protests in Haiti, there is a risk of violent outbreaks, including clashes between protesters and security forces, as well as roadblocks. Transportation disruptions and an increased security presence are likely.

Context

Strikes and protests have broken out in Haiti in recent months over the adoption of the 2017-2018 budget. The budget has received strong criticism because it includes a significant pay raise and a set of perks for members of parliament while increasing taxes and fees for the rest of the population.

In addition, civil rights groups have held protests to demand the senate's Ethics and Anti-Corruption Committee publicly release the findings of its investigation into the misuse of funds invested by PetroCaribe in Haiti. The committee is scheduled to announce its findings on November 14 but is not expected to release the full report. PetroCaribe is an oil alliance of Caribbean states with Venezuela, with the goal of promoting economic cooperation.

Advice

Individuals in Haiti are advised to strictly avoid all protests and rallies due to the high likelihood of violence.

 

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