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Security Exchange Newsletter | February

01 March 2021

The February edition of InTouch Monthly covers the fresh outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, along with the rising violence in Colombia, political unrest in Haiti and the fallout from the coup in Myanmar. We also look at the anti-government protests in Thailand, the conflict in the Marib province of Yemen and the power struggle between Armenia's prime minister and the army.

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Goodwill Hunting

28 February 2019

Since early-February, a wave of civil unrest has engulfed Haiti. Daily protests have been reported across the capital, Port-au-Prince, where at least 26 people have already been reported dead. Thousands of demonstrators demanded the resignation of President Jovenel Moise, who is being directly implicated in the infamous Petrocaribe scandal. For months, the Petrocaribe programme has been involved in controversy after a Senate report revealed that it was used to embezzle public funds. It is estimated that up to four billion dollars in Petrocaribe money is missing or was diverted from social development programmes in Haiti. Apart from President Moise, a number of former ministers have also been accused of involvement in one of the largest corruption scandals ever reported in the country.

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Government Fuels Protests

12 July 2018

Port-au-Prince came to a standstill over the weekend after thousands of demonstrators took to the streets to protest against a hike on fuel prices. Vehicles were set ablaze while widespread looting was reported across the capital. Travellers were left stranded after Port-au-Prince’s Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) was forced to shut down when demonstrators erected roadblocks near the site. Intense protests lasted for nearly 72 hours, leading the government to backdown on the decision to introduce the new taxes, which have caused an increase of up to 50 percent on petrol, diesel and kerosene.

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