The Haitian government plans to hold a “Big National Dialogue” on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 in hopes of preventing a disaster as Feb. 7 approaches, senate president Joseph Lambert said in a public note.
“Convinced of the political leaders’ ability to find an agreement on what they disagree on for the good of this generation and future ones, the Senate of the Republic invites all Haitians to go beyond themselves to save Haiti,” the note reads.
The government and its opponents disagree on whether President Jovenel Moise’s term ends Feb. 7 of this year or next year. Opposition leaders are holding protests on a daily basis, which often turn violent. Source
Mob attacks suspected kidnapper’s family business
A mob tried to burn down a lottery business on Sunday because the owner’s son has been accused of attempting to kidnap a woman, they said.
The mob set flaming tires at the front door of Father Lottery in Port-au-Prince.
The son of owner Eric Jean Baptiste is accused of trying to kidnap a woman on Saturday. Jean Baptiste has said that it was the other way around, explaining that his son was nearly kidnapped. Source
Dominican truckers no longer driving to Haiti because of violence
Truck drivers based in the Dominican Republic will no longer be traveling to Haiti because of the insecurity crisis, the National Federation of Dominican Transport (FENATRADO) announced on Sunday.
“Until this problem is resolved, our drivers will not set foot in Haiti because of fear of becoming victims,” said Giovanny Escoto, FENATRADO’s general secretary.
Kidnappings and carjackings have been on the rise since last summer. Source
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