Haiti paralyzed again after weekend of relative calm

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Peter Kavinsky

Milo Milfort |

Port-au-Prince, 19 September (EFE) — Haiti is again paralyzed this Monday after a relatively calm weekend that allowed the public to go to public markets and supermarkets to stock up after a week of violent protests.

But that was not for long: Haitians are no longer on the streets, public transport is paralyzed, and large companies, public administration and commercial banks have closed their doors after the government called for calm.

Barrels fill the country

This weekend, the police attempted to remove the barricades, but a few hours later, protesters calling for the resignation of Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henri erected them again, prompting a blockade of large areas and neighborhoods of the capital region. . . .

Although Henry announced that petroleum products would be available in large quantities after months of shortages, roadblocks and trenches prevented tankers from reaching the Warre terminal for refueling.

Fuel shortages were one of the reasons for the protests, which intensified after the announcement last week that fuel prices would rise again.

It all comes after the prime minister, in a Sunday message to the nation, called for calm after a week of protests marked by looting and arson of private and public companies and even organizations and humanitarian agencies.

“I ask the population to calm down and stop the violence. We have only one country in which we are forced to live together. This type of violence is not a good solution and it will get us nowhere,” said Henry, who condemned the actions because “nothing can justify the damage done in recent days” and because Haiti cannot be rebuilt in this way. . “Today,” he stressed, “we must heal the wounds.”

“I am open to dialogue with everyone who wants to contribute to the search for a peaceful solution to the crisis. I am ready for a dialogue with everyone who has good will, except for the bandits,” he stressed.

US condemns violence

Also, the United States, through its embassy in Port-au-Prince, “strongly condemned the recent acts of violence, looting and destruction in Haiti, as well as those who provoked these acts for their own purposes.”

The US Embassy, ​​”a true partner of Haiti” and committed to “supporting the Haitian people” during this difficult period, asked in a statement to express views “peacefully” and with respect for humanitarian agents and law enforcement agencies.

While partners and international organizations have given Haiti more than $294 million since December, “more support is urgently needed,” he added.

“We continue to urge Haitian interlocutors to reach an inclusive political agreement allowing elections to be held as soon as conditions permit. Haitians across the country and from all walks of life must create the conditions that will allow a democratically elected government to take office as soon as possible,” he said.

The aim is to try to alleviate the severe social, political and economic crisis that has hit Haiti, which has been exacerbated by the assassination last year of then-president Jovenel Moise.

Added to this is the fighting by armed gangs in and around Port-au-Prince, which has resulted in more than 300 deaths and more than 3,000 people fleeing their homes.

Web Editing: Natalia Sarmiento

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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