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Haiti gripped by deadly riots over fuel prices

08 Jul, 2018 05:15
Several deaths have been reported in Haiti as people rioted to protest significant increases in gas and fuel prices. major airlines have canceled flights to the island while leaders have appealed for calm.

Following the unrest, Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant announced a temporary suspension of the double-digit government increases on Saturday afternoon, roughly 24-hours after the he price rises were announced.

He needs to leave the country and leave the country to us so we can live."

Haiti's president is hugely unpopular

In a statement, Lafontant said the government strongly condemns acts of violence and vandalism.

The US State Department said that it was aware of vandalism at a Best Western hotel, where media reports said Americans were staying, and at an American Airlines office in downtown Port-au-Prince.

Protesters have set fire to vehicles to decry an increase in fuel prices

"At this time, we have not received any reports of US citizens injured in the incidents," the State Department said in a statement.

The capital Port-au-Prince and its surrounding areas have been paralyzed since Friday afternoon, with major routes blocked by barricades, some made of burning tires, and some protesters even calling for a revolution in the impoverished country.

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