Haiti: Demonstrators Back to the Streets Over Social Crisis

(TELESUR) – The past weeks have seen a marked increase in the frequency and intensity of clashes between rival armed gangs.

Social organizations in Haiti called for a general strike for two days Monday against the country´s social crisis and poverty.

Last week trade unions criticized the rampant reduction in the citizens’ purchasing power, after the local currency, the gourde, was depreciated against the dollar, and prices increased, as the country is facing the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Special Representative and Head of the United Nations (U.N.) Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) Helen La Lime, warned on Friday the U.N. Security Council that the past weeks have seen a marked increase in the frequency and intensity of clashes between rival armed gangs that are vying to control greater swathes of territory in the most populous neighborhoods of the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area.

On the other hand, the Trade Union leader Olrich Jean-Pierre told during a press conference that people are alone while the administration has done nothing to alleviate the situation. Hence, the strikes also back the petition for President Jovenel Moïse to end his term in office.