Why Are Five Embassies Closed In Haiti?

Why Are Five Embassies Closed In Haiti?

This past Thursday the embassies of the Dominican Republic, France, Spain, Mexico and Canada completed a week after having closed their services in Haiti due to the conditions of violence that are experienced in that part of the island and the demonstrations, looting of banks and shops .

The closure of the consular services of these five countries occurs at a time when a series of demonstrations were taking place in Haitian territory claiming the high cost of living, fuel shortages and insecurity.

It is in this context that thousands of Haitians have taken to the main streets, specifically in Port-au-Prince, to demonstrate demanding better living conditions.


The closure of the embassies has continued until this Thursday, September 22, and through social networks they have kept their citizens informed that as the unrest in Haiti continues, the services they offer will not be reopened.

The embassy of the Dominican Republic in Haiti reported on September 15 that its headquarters on Haitian soil would be closing, until further notice, due to the disturbances caused by the demonstrations.

Both civilian and diplomatic personnel were evacuated from Haiti and brought to the country until functions are resumed.

In the same way, the telephone numbers and emails have been maintained to assist in emergencies that the citizens of their respective embassies have.

Last Sunday, the Haitian Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, called for “calm” in the midst of the demonstrations after the announcement of the increase in fuel prices that triggered more riots and looting of banks, businesses and the food banks of international organizations.

This during his speech indicated that the acts of vandalism and anger on the part of the population were not due to “any popular anger.”

The first embassy to close its services was that of Spain and this past Tuesday it reaffirmed that “it is still closed to the public” as a result of the riots.

“Due to the current situation in Port-au-Prince, the face-to-face services offered to the public by the Canadian Embassy in Haiti will not be available today, September 22. It maintains all other regular operations with telecommuting staff”, is the message that the Canadian embassy posted on its Twitter account.

Similar messages have been posted by the embassies of France, Spain and Mexico where they reiterate that in the event of any emergency some of their citizens on Haitian soil can contact the telephone numbers and email addresses provided for that purpose.

Illegal Haitians in the DR

For Senator Antonio Marte, the issue of illegal Haitians in the DR “is easy to solve” and, in his opinion, both President Luis Abinader, businessmen and the Director General of Migration know how to do it. The legislator indicated, in this sense, that fines of up to 30 minimum wages should be applied to all those who hire Haitian labor that is illegally in the country. He assured that Haitians are the ones who are working in the construction sector and in the country’s hotels. “If that penalty is applied here to the owners, engineers, owners of farms, resorts and everyone, Haitians have to emigrate back to their country, but if they open the doors… The big thing is to pay a Haitian RD$8,000 or RD$10,000 and stop paying RD$20,000 to a Dominican,” he said.

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