thousands of protesters in the streets against the call for foreign aid

Thousands of Haitians rallied in Port-au-Prince on Monday (October 10) to protest against the government and its call for foreign aid to deal with endemic insecurity, humanitarian crisis and a nascent cholera epidemic.

The day after a call by the UN chief for the deployment of an international armed force in Haiti to help a country “paralyzed“The demonstration in the capital was enameled on Monday with violence, scenes of looting and the police used tear gas to disperse the crowd,” said an AFP correspondent. Several people were shot and one person died, the AFP correspondent also noted.

“Interference”

Organizers blamed the police for the death. “This young woman posed no threat. They killed her expressing her desire to live with dignity“, Denounced a protester in his forties who wishes to remain anonymous. “The United States and Canada meddling in the internal affairs of Haiti“, denounced another protester.

We certainly need help to develop our country. But we don’t need boots. Furthermore, this government has no legitimacy to request military assistance. We oppose this option“, he added. Haiti has been the scene of violent demonstrations and looting for several weeks, following Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s announcement of a rise in fuel prices.

Demonstrations calling for his resignation, and now opposing his call for international aid, are also taking place in other cities in the country. The Haitian government on Friday formalized its request to the international community for a “specialized armed force” with the purpose of “stop, throughout the territory, the humanitarian crisiscaused by the action of gangs, which plague the country.

“Strategic Infrastructure”

On Sunday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres “urged the international community (…) to urgently consider” this application. He denounced in a letter to the members of the Security Council “criminal gangs that have taken control of strategic infrastructures such as the international port of Port-au-Prince and the country’s main fuel terminal (Varreux)“.

Added to this situation of hydrocarbon scarcity is the resurgence of cholera, three years after the end of an epidemic that had killed more than 10,000 people. There have already been 32 confirmed cases of the disease and 16 deaths in the period from October 1 to 9, according to a Monday point from the Haitian Ministry of Public Health, which also cites 224 suspected cases, particularly in the civilian prison of Port – au-Prince, the largest prison in the country.

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