The Department of State offered on Monday the voluntary evacuation to all non-essential personnel belonging to the Government of the United States in Haiti and their families due to protests in that country.
“The US Government authorized the voluntary departure of non-essential personnel from the US Government and their families.” At this time, the US Government has a limited capacity to provide services to citizens. of the United States, “said the State Department.
Washington also banned its officials from using ATMs, public transportation, leaving between 01:00 and 05:00 am, prohibited travel outside Port-au-Prince after dark and also visiting establishments that do not have secure parking.
In an alert in which he also urges his citizens not to travel to that country, Washington stated that “there is currently widespread civil unrest and violent demonstrations in Haiti, protests, tire burning and roadblocks are frequent and unpredictable. ”
“Violent crimes, such as armed robbery, are common, and local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents or emergencies,” he added.
The decision responds to the protests that began on Friday in Haiti following the government’s decision to increase fuel prices by 37 to 50%.