Haiti asked the United States and the UN to send troops to protect its ports, airport and other strategic sites after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, a Haitian government minister said on Friday.
After the assassination on Wednesday, “we thought that the mercenaries [accused of the crime] could destroy some infrastructure to create chaos in the country. During a conversation with the Secretary of State of the United States and the UN, we made this request, "Elections Minister Mathias Pierre told AFP.
Haitians request a visa at the US Embassy
Hundreds of Haitians gathered this Friday in front of the headquarters of the United States embassy in the country in the hope that they will be granted a visa to leave their country, given the uncertainty of what may happen after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.
With passport in hand, shaking it and showing their photo to the cameras if the occasion arises, hundreds of people waited to be attended in front of the embassy, located in the Tabarre neighborhood.
One of those present, Jeferson Javeus, said in statements to Efe on behalf of the group that "after the death of the president it is not possible to live in Haiti", that is why they have gone to the embassy "to find a way to leave this country "He said, surrounded by other desperate compatriots, including women and children.
"Everyone is in danger in Haiti," he insisted, "if they killed the president" who is not, he wondered.
He also believes that the United States must do something for the Haitian people at this point, because "you cannot continue living in this situation."
In contrast to the concentration in front of the diplomatic headquarters, guarded by armed men, in the capital this Friday the first day of certain normality was experienced after the assassination.
Today shops and stores were reopened throughout Port-au-Prince, while officials returned to their jobs and air traffic flows smoothly at the airport, after the Government ordered the reopening of flights.
Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph declared a fifteen-day state of siege last Wednesday, hours after the assassination of Jovenel Moïse.
With information from agencies