A tense atmosphere reigns over the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, as the country approaches Octobre 9. Some two weeks from the date which a widely disputed presidential election must take place, many burning tires could be seen near the Aristide University in Tabarre, completely blocking trafic.
The U.S Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security, quickly published a note this morning on the evolving situation: "The Embassy has received reports of burning tires on the road near the University Aristide. All US citizens are urged to avoid the area .. Please keep in mind that the events in Haiti, even the most peaceful, can quickly escalate and even turn violent, so the embassy urges all US citizens to remain vigilant, be aware of their surroundings, and avoid this area as much as possible. If you are near or among the protesters, leave the area immediately. "
The discovery of a large shipment of automatic weapons and thousands of ammunitions last week, at the northern Port of Saint Marc, has also put the police and other security officials on high alert, fearing an organized criminal ring, to disrupt the upcoming elections. As security measures, the Haitian National police suspended all licenses of firearms, including in the past week the temporary suspension of issuance of operating licenses to Private Security Agencies.