Haiti lives a new day of violence and massive looting

Port-au-Prince and other cities were the scene of acts of vandalism and protests against rising fuel prices. WFP condemned the looting of a warehouse in Gonaïves containing 1,400 tons of food.

New acts of violence and looting broke out this Friday (09.16.2022) in several cities in Haiti following the government’s decision to increase fuel prices, with protesters even looting a UN World Food Program (WFP) warehouse.

The WFP warehouse located in Gonaïves, the country’s third-largest city, containing 1,400 tons of food, was attacked by protesters on Thursday, while demonstrations of anger were seen on the streets of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and in other cities. provincial.

In a statement released on Friday, the WFP condemned the attack on its office and the looting of its warehouse, noting that the food was destined for school feeding programs and the most vulnerable families and children in Haiti, a country absorbed by the crisis. .

“It is simply unacceptable. The looted food was supposed to feed almost 100,000 schoolchildren by the end of the year,” Jean-Martin Bauer, WFP country director in Haiti, was quoted as saying in the statement.

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Other looting was reported elsewhere in Gonaïves and Saint Marc, two towns in the Artibonite department.

According to the newspaper Le Nouvelliste, the premises of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), several religious schools, a public university and businesses were vandalized and looted.

The Haitian capital has registered its fourth consecutive day of violence. Since Tuesday, protesters have attacked businesses and buildings of public institutions.

On Thursday they attacked and looted the facilities of the Haitian National Television (TNH) and an office of the National Archives. Various shops and other businesses were also looted and burned.

Between Wednesday and Thursday, assaults were reported on the residences of lawyer André Michel and former senator Edmonde Beauzile, close to the government, and the home of Ricard Pierre, Minister of Planning and External Cooperation, was also attacked.

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