Warning Alert | Nov. 10
Opposition protests planned nationwide in Haiti, Nov. 10. Largest gathering in Petionville, Port-au-Prince. Elevated threat of violence.

 

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This alert began 10 Nov 2019 09:40 GMT and is scheduled to expire 11 Nov 2019 03:59 GMT.

  • Event: Opposition protests
  • Location: Nationwide, especially Port-au-Prince
  • Date: Nov. 10
  • Impact: Increased security, business and traffic disruptions, roadblocks and clashes; possible looting

 

Summary

Opposition groups have called for nationwide protests in Haiti, Nov. 10. The largest demonstration will center on the capital, Port-au-Prince; protesters will reportedly gather in the Petionville commune for a protest march Nov. 10. Related demonstrations are possible elsewhere in the capital; flashpoints for protests include Rue Champs de Mars, Palais National, and Parliament, as well as Delmas, Petionville, and the Pelerin 5 area, where the president resides.

Protests are also likely to continue elsewhere in Haiti, including in Cap-Haitien, Gonaives, Jacmel, Jeremie, Les Cayes, Petit Goave, and Saint-Marc.

Police will likely deploy in force throughout Port-au-Prince and in other urban centers. The protests carry an elevated threat of clashes; violence will almost certainly occur if protesters attempt to demonstrate in areas near the president's residence. Protesters may continue to block roads, burn vehicles, vandalize private businesses, and loot stores. Private businesses, banks, and schools could also close.


 

Background and Analysis

The current round of protests broke out at the end of August over fuel shortages. Persistent anti-government sentiment has sustained these protests. Emerging reports indicate that political parties and civil society groups calling for the resignation of President Moise, reached an agreement on a political transition late Nov. 9. The crisis is likely to persist until Moise resigns.

 

Advice

Avoid all protests; shelter in place if unrest occurs nearby. Monitor local media for information regarding protest activity and road closures, especially in Port-au-Prince. Avoid the Petionville area of Port-au-Prince. Do not attempt to pass through roadblocks; wait for authorities to remove them. Confirm all business appointments. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation.