A member of the Platfòm Pitit Dessalines political party walks while holding a flag before a press conference at Place d'Armes in Cap-Haitien on Feb. 22, 2024. Photo by Onz Chéry for Go West Now

CAP-HAITIEN — Several government employees have criticized the demands put forth by the opposition political party, Pitit Dessalines, calling for a strike starting from Feb. 23. The employees believe their jobs are too critical and government institutions are already malfunctioning, so they can’t afford to be short-staffed or closed.

“If state employees don’t go to work the country will be naked,” David Pierre, a General Directorate of Taxes (DGI) security guard, said as he stood in front of a packed DGI office.

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for Go West Now. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining Go West Now in 2019.