Five Americans were under arrest in Haiti over the weekend. According to Michel-Ange Gédéon, Haiti’s police chief, eight individuals, including the 5 Americans are currently being held for possessing illegal weapons. At first, local authorities were reporting that they were under arrest on conspiracy charges.
Since Feb. 7, Port-au-Prince, the capital of the country, has been going through deadly protests. People of the country have been torching cars, as well as clashing with police. They are demanding for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise as well as the prime minister.
According to reports from CNN, the individuals were in possession of pistols, automatic weapons, drones, and satellite phones. The reason the people were in custody in the first place was for driving in suspicious cars that had no license plates.
Five Americans Under Arrest In Haiti As The Country Declines Due To Violent Protests
The many accusations of corruption and inflation have had Moises administration under fire for some time now. Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Henry Céant was calling for the nation to calm down. He was also promising to uncover all of the corruption in the country.
On Monday, the US State Department was able to issue a statement on the arrests of the five Americans. In their statement, it says that whenever US citizens are under arrest overseas, the department seeks Consular Access as soon as possible.
On Thursday, there was a level 4 “Do not travel” travel advisory for Haiti, issued by The State Department. The reason for the travel ban was due to crime and civil unrest. The State Department was also ordering all non-emergency US personnel and their families to leave the country. They were saying that there were protests as well as tire burning and roadblocks going on the country.
When it comes to crime in Haiti, it occurs often. However, local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to any serious criminal incidents. Also, there are almost no ambulance services available in the country.