Anti-Government Protests Erupt Across Haiti

Photo: Reuters [via BBC]

The Facts

  • On Monday, at least one person was reportedly killed as anti-government protests and looting erupted throughout Haiti. This comes amid escalating gang violence that has disrupted food and fuel shipments and a burgeoning cholera public health crisis.

  • Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets across the Caribbean nation, demanding a halt to "foreign occupation" and the resignation of PM Ariel Henry, who requested international security assistance on Friday.

The Spin

Establishment-critical narrative

Haiti's complex and deteriorating humanitarian emergency is another consequence of the killing of President Jovenal Moïse in 2021. Though the country has drifted into chaos, the international community remains silent and indifferent to Haiti's suffering. It's time for a robust international intervention to restore order and provide crucial aid.

Pro-establishment narrative

While the international community must support action to assist Haiti in addressing its complex social unrest and humanitarian crisis, global powers must resist temptations to intervene strongly in Haitian affairs. Yes, Port-au-Prince needs help, but it can only achieve long-term political stability if Haitians are allowed to create a political system on their terms.

Establishment split



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