I made an observation that the UN is visibly absent from the streets of Port au Prince.
Last month when the food demonstrations started, the UN showed up and was present in force. While I observed protesters that were peaceful (on the first day of PAP demonstrations) on one side of the block, on the other side of the block were big white UN tanks with troops and rifles.
Even before the demonstrations, on a daily basis, there were UN tanks and UN patrols all over the area. For example, if you took that turn by the "Three Hands" traffic circle toward Citie Soleil, by the Airport Road, there was always a UN checkpoint. Those checkpoints have disappeared.
Now, the only one that I have seen is one on the way out toward the north, Route 1, by the garbage dump.
Also, the UN troops are not longer hanging out at the hotels, restaurants and beach resorts during the weekend. We like to go to Waho Bay to eat lobster on the weekend and we always used to joke that we had to get there before the UN ate up all the lobster. Last weekend, none were to be seen...UN troops that is...