Looters burn, pillage following violent fuel protests in Haitian capital

Elias Hubbard
July 9, 2018

The cancellation of flights stranded church groups and volunteers from a number of USA states, including South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

Greg Meyer, spokesman for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, said airlines canceled flights to Haiti on Friday after violence erupted on the island.

American Airlines said in a statement said the company would resume flights to Haiti starting at 10:49 a.m. Sunday. Reports suggest that at least two people have been killed.

Security manned the building, but rioters shattered the main entrance before moving to another hotel.

There have been no reports of injuries to US citizens. The security guard got out of the vehicle and fired a gun in the air to disperse protesters. "And that's when they decided that, at that point, it was just.it wasn't worth it, to try to make it to the airport", Jill Kramer, the parent of one of the teens told CNN affiliate WFLA.

Before Moise rolled back his decision, the price of gas had been increased to $4.75 (309 Haitian gourdes) per gallon, more than twice as much as most Haitians' daily income.

Haitian police arrive to control the looters in Delmas, a commune near Port-au-Prince, during protests against the rising price of fuel, on July 8, 2018.

"When we voted for this president, we weren't voting to be abused by his administration", he said.

Moise had urged demonstrators late Saturday to "go home", saying the price hike suspension had "corrected what had to be corrected".

Asked how she felt about the violent protests and looting, Gislaine Jeudy of Marigot, which is a few kilometers from Jacmel, said it was discouraging and unnecessary.

"It's the reality of the country: when we live in Haiti we are angry, frustrated with the way things are managed by politicians". When our gardens don't produce what we need we go to town and buy it. It's "a little bit more calm now", she said. Most adopted a wait-and-see attitude, and anticipated more trouble.

Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant on Saturday announced a temporary halt to fuel price increases, which were slated increase 51 percent for kerosene, 47 percent for diesel and 38 percent for gasoline, according to the Haitian daily newspaper Le Nouvelliste.

The agreement also included increased spending on social services and infrastructure and improved tax collection in an effort to modernize the economy.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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