Haitian government condemns attacks on foreign embassies

The Haitian government has condemned the attacks on foreign embassies in the country during opposition inspired street demonstrations on Sunday to force President Jovenel Moise out of office.

Demonstrations in Haiti have been fiery at times.

The United States has reiterated its call for all political stakeholders to put aside their differences and hold dialogue “without delay”.

“The United States condemns the ongoing violence in Port-au-Prince and other cities. These shootings, killings, arson, and destruction only hurt Haitian citizens, but also add to Haiti’s economic and social instability and prolong the interruption of daily life for the Haitian people, particularly Haiti’s schoolchildren,” Washington said in a statement.

On Sunday, protesters calling for the resignation of Moise, whom the opposition parties have accused of corruption, burnt tyres in front of the Canadian Embassy, blackening the entrance facade.

Haitian President Jovenel Moise
Haitian President Jovenel Moise

In Delmas, the protesters burned a vehicle near the same embassy and also sought to torch a branch of the UNIBANK by setting fire to the ATM.

There were also similar attempts at burning down buildings across the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country on Sunday.

Police fired teargas and bullets into the air in a bid to disperse demonstrators, some of whom were demanding increased salaries and better working conditions in addition to the removal of Moise who came to power in 2017.

Police also reported that at least two people were killed including an incident near the old cemetery of Pétion-ville.