Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Looting follows protests over fuel prices in Haitian capital

Looting follows protests over fuel prices in Haitian capital

Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant, after the riots, announced the temporary suspension of double-digit government hikes to prices for gasoline, diesel, and kerosene on Saturday afternoon.

"Do not travel to the airport unless you confirmed your flight is departing", the embassy said in a statement.

Burnt cars remain parked in a commercial area that was looted during protests against fuel price increases in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 8, 2018.

"We are closely monitoring the situation and remain in close contact with Haitian authorities to verify the welfare and whereabouts of USA citizens in the area", added the travel advisory. It noted that many flights were cancelled and said, "The airport has limited food and water available".

"The Woodland Community Church and The Glade Church team and myLIFEspeaks staff are safe on our campus in the village of Neply, Haiti and Neply is the peaceful, welcoming place we have always known it to be".

MOH provides housing and transportation for volunteers who work on education projects, job fairs, and training for various trades in the country.

At least three people were killed. "Please join our entire MOH family, both North American and Haitian, as we pray for a quick conclusion to these demonstrations".

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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. They set several cars alight in the parking lot. The security guard got out of the vehicle and fired a gun in the air to disperse protesters. He temporarily suspended the price increase on Saturday.

USA officials told tourists and missionaries to shelter in place. "Do not attempt to drive through roadblocks", a State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs official said.

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

American Airlines, which had cancelled 10 flights since Saturday, said three of its planes had left Sunday from Port-au-Prince and the northern city of Cap-Haitien bound for Miami and NY.

"We're continuing to monitor the situation, but we expect normal operation", American Airlines spokesman Curtis Blessing said Sunday.

"I ask for your patience because our administration has a vision, a clear program", the head of government said in a conference broadcast on state television.

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