Canada Warns Citizens Not to Travel to Haiti as Protests Against Moïse Continue

Canada Warns Citizens Not to Travel to Haiti as Protests Against Moïse Continue

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Canada warned its citizens on Friday to avoid all travel to Haiti, citing over a week of violent protests that have called for President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti to resign, despite his promise of economic measures to quell the demonstrations.

Citing civil unrest throughout the country, Canada’s government warned that the security situation there “could deteriorate quickly” and urged its citizens to consider leaving. A day earlier, the United States issued its own travel advisory.

Late Thursday, President Moïse said during a televised address that he would not surrender the country to armed gangs and drug dealers, and he accused people of freeing prisoners to kill him. It was the first time he had spoken since the demonstrations began, and he made another call for dialogue with the opposition.

“I heard the voice of the people. I know the problems that torment them. That’s why the government has taken a lot of measures,” he said. “I asked the prime minister to come and explain them and implement them without delay in order to relieve misery.”

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