Looting follows protests in Haitian capital

Clay Curtis
July 10, 2018

American and Spirit airlines announced Saturday that the companies had halted flights to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, amid violent protests on the island.

Protesters also targeted a Nissan auto dealership and attacked a Best Western hotel in one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods of the capital, forcing guests to shelter inside.

At least three people were killed in protests on Friday and police say the bodies of four people were found Sunday in the streets of the Delmas district, though they didn't say if that is related to the protests.

An estimated 120 Americans are believed to be staying at a Port-au-Prince hotel targeted by protesters, who attempted to bypass security and set the building ablaze.

There have been no reports of injuries to US citizens.

Nonprofit group My Life Speaks said Saturday that mission teams from Woodland Community Church in Bradenton, Fla., and the Glade Church in Mount Juliet, Tenn., remained in Haiti after being unable to get to the airport due to protests and roadblocks.

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

Many have been canceled because of the unrest which has given way to looting and violent clashes.

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Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant announced the suspension of double-digit increases to gasoline, diesel and kerosene prices on Saturday, a day after the fuel price hike was reported.

"When you think about the fact that some Haitians make just $5 a week and the government wants to increase the price of gasoline by 38% that in and of itself points to the reason for the unrest", he said.

"When they (thugs) loot and create chaos in the city it hurts us because we need a functioning city to buy what we need. So this hurts us", she said.

"U.S. Embassy personnel", the statement continued, "are still under a shelter-in-place order" and the "embassy will continue to monitor the situation" on the ground in Haiti.

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

They had only been announced on Friday, while many Haitians were engrossed in a World Cup football match.

This situation strikes me personally because my church's youth ministry just had a mission trip to Haiti, and by God's grace they returned in time to escape this terrible situation.

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