More protests in Haiti as unrest continues over fuel prices

Haiti suspends fuel price hike after protesters riot

Haiti suspends fuel price hike after protesters riot

Burned cars sit parked outside the Delimart supermarket complex, near a gas station, after two days of protests against a planned hike in fuel prices in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Sunday. Despite the Lafontant government's concession to public pressure, the anger and remains.

The protests are in response to the government's announcement that it would hike prices of gasoline, diesel and kerosene by 38 percent to 51 percent beginning Saturday.

Roads and intersections were barricaded, and store and auto windows in the affluent sections of Port-au-Prince were reportedly smashed.

The protestors-made up of mostly youths-used felled trees and boulders to block roads and set piles of tires alight, sending up thick clouds of black smoke. "Embassy personnel are still under a Shelter in Place order", the dispatch read.

A squad-sized detachment of extra Marine security guards has arrived at the US embassy in Haiti as the impoverished Caribbean nation is racked by riots over high fuel prices, a USA official confirmed. "Do not attempt to travel at this time".

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"Due to continuing demonstrations, roadblocks, and violence across Port-au-Prince and throughout Haiti, U.S. citizens should shelter in place", the notice said.

The missive - sent to all American State Department employees in Haiti - came as a crisis unfolded in Port-au-Prince. The general strike halted the mini-buses and taxis that most Haitians depend on to get to work or school.

"It's the reality of the country: when we live in Haiti we are angry, frustrated with the way things are managed by politicians". (HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images) Burning cars that were burned during looting that occurred at a market are seen in Delmas, a commune of Port-au-Prince, during protests against the rising price of fuel, on July 8, 2018. President Jovenel Moise is expected to address the nation in the next few hours.

Even before the fuel price controversy, deputies had already begun a debate on his future, and Saturday's U-turn could lead to the government's fall. Haiti is for every Haitian. According to the group Haiti Outreach, annual per capita income in Haiti is about $350. The literacy rate is 52.9 percent. President George H.W. Bush and his successor Bill Clinton denied Haitians entry into the country on the grounds they were economic refugees - as opposed to Cuban refugees who received political asylum - a decision Clinton would reverse.

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