General strike and demonstrations in Haiti

Une manifestation pour alerter sur l'insécurité qui paralyse Haïti, le 18 janvier 2024, à Port-au-Prince. © Odelyn Joseph / AP

By RFI, Jan. 30, 2024

A new day of mobilization is scheduled for Tuesday, January 30, 2024. Monday, in Port-au-Prince daily life came to a standstill. In response to calls from several trade unions and against gang violence, many schools remained closed, public and private transport was curtailed, and formal and informal trade activities were "very timid", reports Gotson Pierre, director of the Alterpresse agency, adding that detonations and gunfire were heard in several neighborhoods.

Tensions were also very high in other towns across the country, including Cayes, Ouanaminthe, and Grand'Anse where one person was shot dead and another wounded. Authorities seem to be worried about BSAP. They are now  prohibiting its members from circulating armed and in uniform. "A commission has been set up to review this body, and the government is now asking all employees, all people attached to this institution, to go to the nearest office of the Ministry of the Environment for a census."

 

Translated by CHIP editors

 

Posted Feb. 11, 2024