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As Violence Continues In Haiti, Foreign Diplomats Encourage Both Sides To Dialogue

Rebecca Blackwell
An injured protester is carried to safety during a nationwide push to block streets and paralyze the economy as protesters press for President Jovenel Moise to give up power, in Port au Prince, Haiti, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.

Violent protests continued to grip Haiti on Monday, as the international community urged opponents of Jovenel Moïse to enter into a dialogue with the president, who hasn’t been seen or heard from since Wednesday.

“We are concerned by reports of violence and arson that have been taking place over the past few days throughout the country,” Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, said in New York. “The mission and international partners are in discussions with local stakeholders to find a peaceful way out of the crisis and alleviate the suffering of the population who has been bearing the brunt of this crisis.”

On Monday the Haiti National Police, which has had cars and police stations set ablaze and officers disarmed during protests, fired tear gas to disperse protesters, who complained that police were trying to keep them out of Petionville. The community in the hills of Port-au-Prince, which is home to Moïse, saw several of its businesses ransacked and destroyed last week, something police were trying to prevent Monday during what opposition leaders dubbed “Operation Find Jovenel Moïse.”

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.