In­crease in fuel price dropped af­ter ri­ots

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

The Haitian gov­ern­ment sus­pended a fuel price hike Sat­ur­day af­ter wide­spread vi­o­lence broke out across the cap­i­tal, Port-au-Prince, and in the north­ern city of Cap-Haï­tien.

Demon­stra­tors at­tacked a Best Western Pre­miere ho­tel in one of the wealth­i­est neigh­bor­hoods of Haiti’s cap­i­tal. Sev­eral hun­dred ri­ot­ers were seen hurl­ing rocks and breaking win­dows, forc­ing ho­tel guests in the neigh­bor­hood of Pé­tion-Ville to re­main in­side.

No in­juries or deaths were re­ported dur­ing Sat­ur­day’s in­ci­dents, but at least three peo­ple were killed Fri­day as pro­test­ers used burn­ing tires and barricades to block ma­jor streets. At one point, they at­tempted to set a gas sta­tion on fire but were held off by po­lice.

The demon­stra­tions be­gan af­ter the Com­merce Min­istry and Eco­nomic Min­istry an­nounced an in­crease of 38 per­cent to 51 per­cent for gaso­line, diesel and kerosene.

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials agreed to re­duce fuel sub­si­dies in Fe­bru­ary as part of an as­sis­tance pack­age with the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund. The agree­ment also in­cluded in­creased spend­ing on so­cial ser­vices and in­fras­truc­ture and im­proved tax col­lec­tion in an ef­fort to mod­ern­ize Haiti’s econ­omy.

HEC­TOR RE­TA­MAL/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

Pro­test­ers bar­ri­cade the streets in a Port-au-Prince sub­urb. Deadly vi­o­lence broke out in Haiti’s cap­i­tal and the north­ern city Cap-Haï­tien af­ter a fuel price in­crease, re­sult­ing in the gov­ern­ment sus­pend­ing the hike.

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