A travel advisory had been issued for Canadians to avoid travel to Haiti in light of ongoing widespread protests across the country over the past few weeks.
The Canadian government issued the warning ahead of further demonstrations planned for November 4 to 6 which it said could worsen quickly.
“In addition to this volatile situation, the country is also experiencing water food and fuel shortages,” the advisory said adding that “many businesses and banks are closed, making it difficult to access cash and commodities of all kinds.”
“Last week protesters reportedly threw rocks at the Canadian Embassy in Port-au-Prince…..the walls in Port-au-Prince are covered with graffiti against the UN”– Radio Canada
“There have been reports of armed protest orders who throw rocks or shoot at vehicles that get close or kidnap people for ransom money.”
Haiti has been facing widespread protests for weeks as conditions, which have generally been poor for a protracted period, worsened with ongoing energy shortage, price hikes and increasing inflation amid suspicions of corruption at its top level.
Demonstrations have formed part of the efforts by opposition parties to have President Jovenel Moise resign in light of deteriorating conditions.
Moise has said he has no intention to resign, instead proposing stakeholder conversations to resolve issues.
Reports of widespread hostility towards the North American country’s nationals were described on Radio Canada:
“Last week protesters reportedly threw rocks at the Canadian Embassy in Port-au-Prince…..the walls in Port-au-Prince are covered with graffiti against the UN (United Nations) and also against what everyone here knows as the ‘Core Group’, a group of donor countries, including Canada, the United States, European Union and the Organization of American States…”