Press release from the Ministry of Culture and Communication (Secretary of State)
Sunday, February 23, 2020 ((rezonodwes.com)) – The Government of the Republic observed, that terror reigned in certain arteries of the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince this Sunday, February 23, 2020. Street obstructions and a war situation took place in the Champ de Mars area where gunfire was heard most of the day. It is difficult at this time to take stock of this unprecedented violence. The Government wonders who has an interest in adopting this extremist behavior aimed at driving the country into chaos, despite the commitments and decisions of the Executive Power to respond to the demands and decisions of the Executive Power to respond to the demands of the police? Why reject dialogue and the outstretched hand to solve the difficult problems which the country knows, to choose the way of anarchy preferably and to offer to the population more pain and tears that such a situation will not fail to cause ?
The population is called to be vigilant and to show intelligence in these troubled moments of national life. In any case, it cannot allow a trivial exploitation of the PNH's claims and justify these violent actions which expose the country as much, through an alleged rejection of carnival by a certain sector of the population.
In order to avoid the scheduled bloodshed, the Government takes the opportunity to inform the population and the carnivalists in particular, that it has been decided to cancel the carnival in Port-au-Prince and invites the Haitian people to keep calm while awaiting the next announcements.