Potential for Elections-Related Violence
U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince issued the following Warden Message on
December 07, 2010:
The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince is issuing this Warden Message to
alert U.S. citizens that there continues to exist the potential for
violence throughout Haiti for the duration of the electoral period.
Such civil disturbances can erupt quickly anywhere and without warning,
and may be associated with electoral or cholera issues. Disturbances
may include attacks on government or private facilities, residences, and
businesses such as hotels. While violent acts may be politically
motivated and hence may target specific people or interests, the
potential for bystanders suffering collateral damage can be great.
Given the nature, intensity and unpredictability of these disturbances,
U.S. citizens are urged to remain especially vigilant and avoid areas
where demonstrations are occurring or crowds are forming. U.S. citizens
in Haiti should continue to monitor radio, television and other media
and should register with the U.S. Embassy. They can do so at
The U.S. Embassy's ability to provide direct assistance in the event of
violent demonstrations is limited and is normally dependent on Haitian
National Police and UN Police.
Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy's
website the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs'
current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country
Specific Information can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S.
citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad," found at
includes valuable security information for those both living and
traveling abroad. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers
may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling
1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and
Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.