Violence, looting, protests in Haiti prompt shuttering of embassies

By Milo Milfort.

A demonstrator holds a fire extinguisher during a protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 15 September 2022. EPA-EFE/Johnson Sabin

Port-au-Prince, Sep 15 (EFE).- Violence, looting and protests against Haiti’s prime minister worsened Thursday, prompting several embassies to close their doors.

People protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 15 September 2022. EPA-EFE/Johnson Sabin

The legations of Spain, France, the Dominican Republic and Canada, among others, remained closed, although consular emergency telephone lines remained operational.

People mobilize on motorcycles during a protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 15 September 2022. EPA-EFE/Johnson Sabin

Neighboring Dominican Republic, whose border with Haiti remains “secured,” evacuated civilian staff from its embassy and consulates to protect “the physical integrity of personnel,” according to a government statement.

In Haiti the situation is rapidly deteriorating, especially since leader Ariel Henry announced a fuel price hike earlier this week, and threatens to plunge the poorest country in the Americas into severe chaos.

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