Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin Larocque, expresses CARICOM’s concern about the level of violent protests in Haiti
Caricom Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin Larocque, is expressing concern about the level of violent protests in Haiti.
The Caribbean Nation of Haiti is hit by days of violent demonstrations, which started on 7th February 2019, and which have claimed four lives to date, and experienced a mass prison breakout after 78 inmates escaped while police were dealing with protesters.
The demonstrations, the culmination of months of anti-corruption protests over the fate of almost $4 Billion (£3.1Bn) in missing funds earmarked for social development – delivered via a controversial deal for Venezuelan petrol – have swelled in recent days under the slogan: “Where’s the Petro Caribe money?”.
The protests have all but emptied streets normally clogged with traffic and pollution, as schools, shops and municipal offices closed for fear of more violence. With at least four people dead, an air of uncertainty is hanging over the government of Jovenel Moise, with demonstrators demanding that the president stand down.
Ambassador Larocque spoke at the 30th intercessional meeting of Caricom Heads on Wednesday.
Caricom Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin Larocque
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