MADRID, Sep. 19 (.) –
Haiti’s Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, has broken his silence and called for “calm” after a wave of riots that has become especially palpable in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and is marked by rising fuel prices.
Henry has addressed the nation to acknowledge, on the one hand, the “frustration” of those who fear losing everything and, on the other hand, to call for solving “problems” “together.” In this sense, he has pointed out that “anger” cannot justify violence.
It was precisely a previous speech by Henry that triggered the riots, since it involved a drastic increase in the price of petroleum products. “The looting of schools, universities, hospitals is not due to the price of fuel,” he said, according to the newspaper ‘Le Nouvelliste’.
The World Food Program (WFP) denounced the assault on one of its warehouses, something that Henry also recalled in his speech, in which he showed no sign of reversing the measure on prices and defended his reform plan to meet to the most vulnerable families.
The UN estimates that almost 5 million people, 43 percent of the population, need humanitarian aid in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
The protesters are calling for the resignation of the prime minister, who rules Haiti in a power vacuum, as the country lacks effective institutions and there are no short-term plans to hold elections. The situation worsened in July 2021 with the assassination of the then president, Jovenel Moise.