Haiti civil unrest continues despite fuel hike rollback
10 July, 2018, 12:24 | Author: Wade Massey
A masked protester walks past a barricade in the middle of the street during a protest over the cost of fuel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, July 7, 2018.
The public can call the State Department about US citizens stuck in Haiti at 888-407-4747 from the U.S and Canada, or 202-501-4444 from outside of North America.
The troubles were sparked by a government announcement that gasoline prices would rise by 38 percent, diesel by 47 percent and kerosene by 51 percent starting this weekend.
"We urge USA citizens in Haiti who are safe to contact their loved ones directly and/or update their social media status", the embassy stated.
Volunteer groups from several US states are stranded in Haiti after violent protests over fuel prices canceled flights and made roads unsafe.
The Haitian government suspended a fuel price hike Saturday hours after demonstrators attacked a Best Western Premiere hotel in one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods of the capital.
A mission group from central Kentucky that has been working with schools and children is stranded in Haiti. It noted that many flights were cancelled and said, "The airport has limited food and water available". But just a few miles later, they came upon another group of armed protesters burning tires. The friend called him to say that the road ahead was filled with similar impromptu "checkpoints", McFarlin said.
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