Saturday, 21 July, 2018


Federal government advises against 'non-essential' travel to Haiti amid protests

Burned cars in a hotel parking lot in Port-au Prince after protesters set them on fire during a demonstration against the government's attempt to raise fuel prices a move it later suspended Haiti suspends fuel price hike after protesters riot
Bennie Garza | 10 July, 2018, 14:23

At least three people were killed in protests Friday, and police said the bodies of four people were found Sunday in the streets of the Delmas district, though they didn't say if that was related to the protests. It noted that many airline flights had been cancelled and said, "The airport has limited food and water available".

The last-minute cancellations Saturday morning affected passengers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport.

The embassy is continuing to monitor the situation in Haiti, where protests have erupted after the government hiked fuel prices. The demonstrators reportedly backed down after the prime minister's announcement.

An estimated 120 American and 100 Haitian guests are staying in a Port-au-Prince hotel where demonstrators earlier tried to set fire to the hotel and get past security, said Stacy Librandi Bourne, an emergency medical professional from HERO Client Rescue who is at the Oasis Hotel.

There have been no reports of injuries to USA citizens.

Some aggressive young men carried knives, and special police crowd control units fired their guns into the air and detonated tear gas.

"Due to concerns over safety from unrest in the area, Spirit Airlines felt it necessary to temporarily suspend service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti Saturday", the airline said in a statement.

"When we voted for this president, we weren't voting to be abused by his administration", he said.

"To those watching me tonight, I ask you all: Go home", he said, adding authorities had been directed to clean up the streets.

VOA Creole stringers reported seeing burning tires and looting in Carrefour, Jeremie, Jacmel and Les Calles.

Just before the suspension was announced, the leader of Haiti's lower house of parliament had threatened a government takeover if the fuel price increases were not reversed. "He needs to leave the country and leave the country to us so we can live". When our gardens don't produce what we need we go to town and buy it. Most adopted a wait-and-see attitude, and anticipated more trouble. "Canadians stand with the people of Haiti during this hard time and we offer our deepest condolences to the victims of the violence".

The chaos started Friday, when the Haitian government announced its plan to raise prices on gasoline, diesel and kerosene.

In response, many Haitians rioted.

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