Increase in fuel price dropped after riots
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.
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.