Looting follows violent fuel protests in Haitian capital

Looting follows violent fuel protests in Haitian capital

Looting follows violent fuel protests in Haitian capital

Although the Haitian prime minister suspended the price increases the following day, unrest has continued.

Guyler Delva, the Haitian minister of communication and culture, announced his upcoming resignation from his post, which he later reconsidered after speaking with President Jovenel Moise. In recent days, protesters had pillaged, burned and vandalized shops in the capital city.

A security guard at the parliament shared a video with VOA, showing dark smoke coming from a burning tire in front of the complex, as multiple gun shots could be heard in the background.

After mass, many fruit and vegetable merchants had taken up their places again on the sidewalks, and motorcycle taxis were back at their usual intersections - even if customers were scarce. It noted that many flights were cancelled and said, "The airport has limited food and water available".

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The Canadian Embassy in Haiti issued similar warnings, closing its offices Sunday, July 8, and today, Monday, July 9, as the riots escalated. On Saturday, Moise urged protesters to "go home".

According to a 2012 survey by the World Bank Group, an worldwide financial institution that provides loans to developing countries, more than 6 million out of 10.4 million Haitians (59 percent) were living below the national poverty line of $2.41 per day.

As a result gasoline prices increased by 38 percent, diesel by 47 percent and kerosene by 51 percent.

People run after cars were set on fire near a Best Western hotel during protests over a fuel price increase in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 7, 2018.

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"The Embassy advised Americans to contact family to keep them informed of their welfare and whereabouts, avoid protests and any large gatherings, and to not attempt to drive through roadblocks". His body was then burned in the road. Journalists saw young men stripping shelves bare in some supermarkets that were charred during the demonstrations, and several bodies were seen in the streets. Two other people have also lost their lives.

Standing next to the remains of his torched auto near burned and looted shops, he blamed politicians but lamented that people had gotten "carried away".

"We're seeing a little bit more calm right now", an American, Stacy Librandi Bourne, told CNN from Port-au-Prince where, the news network said, she was among 50 American tourists, children and missionaries unable to leave the Oasis Hotel because of the unrest.

But "I have to go on living", he added.

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