Our team was on location in Port-au-Prince as Haitians expressed their frustration at their government’s decision to increase the price of fuel.
On September 16, thousands of Haitians took to the streets to demonstrate against the interim government of Prime Minister Ariel Henry. They gathered, for a fourth consecutive day, to express their frustration at their government’s decision to increase the price of fuel as well as the ever-increasing cost of living.
This latest escalation follows months of periodic unrest in Haiti, in a climate of record inflation, famine, and political instability following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse last year. Protesters could be seen burning vehicles as gunfire sounded throughout the capital while security services were observed using tear gas in an attempt to subdue the demonstrators.
US Secretary General, Antonio Guterres released a statement that he was "concerned about the situation in Haiti" amid reports of widespread looting, including a UN World Food Programme warehouse, and the targeting of the private residences of Haitian politicians such as Ricard Pierre, Minister of Planning and External Cooperation, and former senator Edmond Beauzile.
The video below shows how our team in the newsroom validated the footage we received as ongoing civil unrest in Haiti appeared to reach boiling point.