Calls For Calm After Days Of Anti-Government Violence In Haiti

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Senior leaders have called for calm after days of violent anti-government protests in Haiti.

Haiti’s Justice Minister, Berto Dorcé, vowed to identify and punish those behind attacks on property.

UN Secretary General António Guterres is “deeply concerned” about the unrest.

Protesters are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, after an end to government fuel subsidies caused petrol and diesel prices to skyrocket.

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The latest demonstrations come as inflation has risen to its highest level in a decade, 40% of the country is relying on food assistance to survive, and chronic gang violence has left hundreds dead and thousands displaced.

There were reports of violent clashes, including protesters throwing stones and shots being fired.

Earlier this week, two journalists were shot dead and their bodies set on fire in Cité Soleil, on the outskirts of the capital Port-au-Prince.

In Port-au-Prince, protesters set up barricades and blocked roads with piles of burning tyres.

In the city of Gonaives, in the north, public buildings and private residences were attacked and looted.

The local offices of the UN Food Programme were attacked on Thursday.

The country has been plagued by gang violence.

Deaths are frequent, with more than 200 people killed in gang violence in Port-au-Prince in the space of just ten days in July, according to figures from the UN.

Locals said the violence was causing them to live in fear, and disrupting food and water supplies.

A spokesperson for Mr Guterres said the current unrest had brought the country to a standstill.

He warned that if the current situation continued, “The already dire humanitarian situation faced by Haiti’s most vulnerable people will deteriorate even further.”

SOURCE: BBC News. Headline photo: Stock image.

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1 COMMENT

  1. A fearful reality for St. Lucia; don’t know for today, but for years Haitians have visited St. Lucia for reasons I fail to understand – its your guess. That which I fear for is the fact that we both bear a somewhat similar history. We speak a kind of Creole and sadly some elements in our society do, or have visited Haiti for nefarious reasons. What goes on in Haiti should stay in Haiti, but the evil intensions of some can overwhelm them. The gates of Hell is always opened, but there is a straight and narrow path only a few are chosen. Open their eyes Lord, Amen.

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