Violence in Haiti and extensive looting, including that of a UN warehouse

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Violence in Haiti and widespread looting, including that of a UN warehouse

Protesters erect a barricade in Port-au-Prince.

Further violence and looting erupted Friday in different cities in Haiti, after the government's decision to raise the price of fuel, with protesters going so far as to loot a World Food Program warehouse. UN.

This warehouse located in Gonaives, the third largest city in the country, contained 1,400 tons of food. He was targeted by protesters on Thursday, as street anger was expressed in the capital Port-au-Prince and various other provincial towns.

Scenes of looting have been observed in several cities.

In a statement released on Friday, the World Food Program (WFP) condemned the attack on its office and the looting of its warehouse in Gonaïves, stressing that this food was intended for school meals programs and for the most vulnerable families and children. vulnerable people in Haiti, a nation that is sinking deeper into crisis every day.

This incident is simply unacceptable. The looted food was supposed to feed nearly 100,000 school children until the end of the year, said Jean-Martin Bauer, director of the WFP in Haiti, quoted by the press release.

Scenes of looting were seen elsewhere in Gonaïves and Saint-Marc, two main towns in the Artibonite department. According to the daily newspaper Le Nouvelliste, the premises of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), of several congregational schools, of ;a public university and several businesses, were ransacked and looted.

Police secure a gas station.

The Haitian capital has, registered its fourth consecutive day of violence. Since Tuesday, protesters have attacked businesses and buildings housing public institutions.

On Thursday, protesters attacked and looted the premises of the National Television of Haiti (TNH) and an office of the National Archives. Several stores, shops and other businesses were also looted and burned.

Between Wednesday and Thursday, the residences of two close to the government, lawyer André Michel and former Senator Edmonde Beauzile, were ransacked and looted. The residence of Ricard Pierre, Minister of Planning and External Cooperation of the government, was also attacked. A statement issued by André Michel, one of these victims, confirmed these three attacks.

In a message published on Friday, the UN Secretary General said #x27;is expressed concern about the situation in Haiti, through the voice of his spokesperson.

Antonio Guterres called for calm and the utmost restraint, urging all stakeholders to take immediate action to de-escalate the situation, avert violence and allow the Haitian National Police to fulfill its mandate to protect the population, according to this statement.

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