U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince issues warning to travelers to Haiti with upcoming Senatorial elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince is issuing this Warden Message to remind U.S. citizens in Haiti that the second round of the Haiti Senatorial elections are scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 21, 2009.

International election observers will be present to monitor the elections.

The U.S. Embassy is also issuing this Warden Message to inform Americans of the continuing demonstrations near the State University campuses in the vicinity of Champs-de-Mars in downtown Port-au-Prince.

Protests at the University have occurred on a near-daily basis for several weeks. There have been reports of clashes with MINUSTAH and local police forces.

We continue to advise all Americans in Haiti to be alert, aware, and avoid all demonstrations. Demonstrations often result in violence and require police intervention. We remind American citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. American citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations, if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations. American citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times. American citizens are also urged to register with the U.S. Embassy.

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