Weekly Report - 18 February 2021 (WR-21-07)

HAITI: Anti-government protests intensify

Mass protests took place in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince at end of last week calling for President Jovenel Moïse to resign. These were the biggest protests since the escalation of the political crisis on 7 February - the day Moïse’s opponents maintain that his presidential term was up and announced the installation of a transition government, while Moïse himself argues that a coup and assassination attempt were foiled [WR-21-06]. Moïse, who insists his term ends in a year, continues to enjoy the backing of the international community. However, the protests, complaints regarding police (PNd’H) repression targeting journalists, and accusations that Moïse continues to act illegally are threatening to test this support.

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