Petion-Ville and Port-au-Prince cancel pre-carnival activities
Pre-carnival festivities are being canceled in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area as it was paralyzed by two consecutive days of demonstrations and strike.
Thousands took to the streets over the last few days to protest steep hike in price for food and other basic products.
The city of Petion-Ville which has become the financial capital of Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake was the first to cancel its festivities.
In a note released early Friday, the city council announced to the public that there will be no pre-carnival activities in the city this coming Sunday.
“The municipal council, together with the officials of the Petion-Ville police station, informs the public in general that the pre-carnival activities planned for this Sunday, February 10, 2019 are canceled”, says the note.
The capital city, Port-au-Prince followed suit Friday afternoon by releasing its own press release informing the public that all pre-carnival activities are canceled for Sunday.
“In view of the deterioration of the situation of the country in general and the capital and after consultations with entities concerning the security of the residents of Port-au-Prince, we took the wise decision to cancel the activities of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February 2019” says the release.
Although we have yet to receive an official note, we have also learned that the City of Croix-des-Bouquets has also canceled its pre-carnival activities
We have yet to hear from the city of Jacmel which hosts the traditional national carnival on February 24th and the city of Gonavies scheduled to host the official carnival from March 3rd to the 5th.
EL / HT