A slow return to normality in the Haitian Capital after three days of deadly unrests

Posted by AlterPresse on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Under: Security

Port-au-Prince still bears the stigma of the latest riots that rocked the capital over the past weekend following a vertiginous increase in fuel prices, a measure that the government was forced to make the withdrawal.

Tensions seem to subside on Monday, July 9, and in several neighborhoods port-au-princians are trying to resume their activities, despite a slowdown observed by AlterPresse.

In the city center and in outlying areas like Delmas, public employees removed debris that barricaded the streets, making car traffic impossible.

While private vehicles gradually began to circulate again, this was not the case for public transit, which remained largely paralyzed, except for motorcycle taxis.

Police contingents were on hand to ensure the security of operations, AlterPresse said.

Firefighters were mobilized to clear the streets where thick black dust accumulated due to the fire of many tires.

Many young people and adults were noticed, containers in hand, walking the streets in search of water, a rare commodity during these three days of protests that forced some to lock themselves at home.

The main commercial and economic activities, however, are slow to resume, the big business and banks have not worked.

Several airlines however resumed their flights to Haiti, having been forced to cancel them during the weekend.

Long lines were observed in rare petrol pumps that distributed petroleum products.

As a precautionary measure, the doors of the embassies have remained closed, according to what many have announced, including the Canadian and the German ones.

Even if the tension seems to diminish, the population does not seem to have been reassured by the speeches of the Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant and the president Jovenel Moïse, of which many people request the resignation.

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Some political parties are trying to surf this wave of protest, which wants to evacuate all political staff, while others are limited to asking the first and his government to withdraw.

This position was also expressed at the end of the day by the Private Sector Economic Forum, which brings together the main employers' associations.

In the afternoon, the Prime Minister held a Governing Council focused, among other things, on the crisis.

For its part, President Jovenel Moïse was in a meeting with the heads of the other powers of the State: Joseph Lambert, President of the Senate, Gary Bodeau, President of the Chamber of Deputies, and Me Jules Cantave, President of the Supreme Court.

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