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Haiti: Nationwide anti-government demonstrations planned March 29

Opposition groups announce anti-government protests across Haiti on March 29; avoid all demonstrations

28 mars 03h45 UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 27/3/2019, 12h00 until 30/3/2019, 11h59 (America/Port-au-Prince). COUNTRY/REGION Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Event

Demonstrations calling for the indictment and resignation of President Jovenel Moïse are possible nationwide on Friday, March 29. Local sources indicate protests will take place in the capital Port-au-Prince and other cities on Friday to coincide with the 32nd anniversary of the ratification of the Haitian constitution. Organizers have announced demonstrations in Port-au-Prince in the Cité Soleil area, Delmas area, Solino area, Bel Air area, and Canapé Vert area, as well as at the Faculté d'Ethnologie and Pont Rouge. A march has also been announced from Delmas area of the capital to the parliament building, via Pétion-Ville, Avenue Panaméricaine, Bourdon, and Lalue. Protests are also possible in other cities nationwide.

A heightened security presence and widespread traffic disruptions are likely near any demonstrations. Further protests and significant transportation disruptions may take place in Port-au-Prince and throughout the country over the coming days. Clashes between security forces and protesters are likely.

Context

Violent demonstrations, known as "Operation lock down Haiti," took place nationwide in February, with protesters erecting roadblocks, burning tires, and throwing rocks at security forces. Multiple people were killed in the demonstrations, with dozens of others suffering injuries. US diplomatic authorities had ordered the departure of all of its non-emergency personnel and their family members on February 15, due to widespread and violent unrest ongoing throughout the island, notably in the capital Port-au-Prince, with other foreign missions following suit. As of March 27, the US Department of State maintains a "Level 4 - Do Not Travel" advisory due to crime and ongoing civil unrest.

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.

Advice

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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