Gunfire has been reported in Pétionville on Thursday afternoon (local time), February 28, in the vicinity of Place Saint-Pierre. According to American diplomatic authorities, automatic gunfire was heard near the Kinam Hôtel. An increased security presence is expected in Pétionville over the coming hours. Avoid the area as a precaution.
Violent demonstrations associated with so-called "Operation lock down Haiti" began February 7 with demonstrators erecting roadblocks, burning tires, and throwing rocks at security forces nationwide. At least eight people have been killed in the demonstrations, with dozens of others suffering injuries.
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 in late 2018, with gunfire, roadblocks, and mob violence reported across the country.
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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