In case of severe protests in Haiti against the planned price increase of petroleum products, at least seven people were killed. The victims fell in looting in and around the capital Port-au-Prince, local media reported on Saturday to GOK News. The police also speak of the dead but do not mention a number.
Life in Port-au-Prince has come to a halt since the substantial increase in oil rates was announced on Friday afternoon. On Saturday, most major traffic axes were still barred by barricades. All flights to the Haitian capital were cancelled.
Demonstrators plundered a shopping centre, several companies and vehicles were set on fire. Also in cities like Les Cayes, Jérémie, Cap-Haïtien and Jacmel it came to protests.
The Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant decided to withdraw the price increase due to the violence that got out of hand. “The government announces the suspension until further notice of the price adjustment of the oil products,” it said on Twitter.
Shortly before, the president of the Haitian Chamber of Representatives, Gary Bodeau, had given the government two hours to withdraw the price increase, if not the government would be considered ‘resigning’.