Conditions in the country, including the capital Port-au-Prince, are relatively normal as of Tuesday, November 27, despite calls for a general strike meant to run through the end of the day. Business and commercial activities are running at near-normal levels and schools are open. Nevertheless, tensions remain high and further protests, and associated roadblocks and violence, cannot be ruled out in the near-term, and a continued intensified security presence is likely along major roadways and at schools.
Numerous demonstrations have been staged in recent months to call 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. Violent protests took place November 18-21, with gunfire, roadblocks, and mob violence reported across the country - Cap-Haïtien, Pétion-Ville, Lalue, Croix-des-Bouquets, Les Cayes, and Chalon. At least ten people were killed.
Individuals in Haiti are advised to keep abreast of the situation, strictly avoid all protests and associated roadblocks due to the likelihood of violence, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments (e.g. travel restrictions). Be prepared to shelter in place in the event of prolonged civil unrest (e.g. stockpile supplies of preserved foods and fresh water).
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