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“Peyi lòk” style protests, one deadly, spread in Haiti

Reaction to PM Henry’s fuel increase signals deepening dire days, residents say

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Protesters set up burning barricades to express frustration at Haiti Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s announcement of a possible gas price increase. Photo by Juhakenson Blaise

The Haitian Times
www.haitiantimes.com
By Murdith Joseph, Onz Chery and Juhakenson Blaise

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Using tires, tree branches, concrete blocks and other objects, protesters in Haiti Tuesday constructed barricades in the middle of such major arteries as Rue Capois, Lalue, Canapé-Vert, Bois-Verna, Delmas, Bourdon and Pétion-Ville – paralyzing traffic and shutting down activities across the capital.

At a barricade blocking the airport crossroads connecting Delmas and downtown Port-au-Prince, one protester was killed at the gate of a state agency, the Office National d’Assurance Vieillesse (ONA). Some participants accused the agency’s security guards of the killing, then set ONA’s gate on fire.

At the corner of Delmas 95 and Routes de Frères, protesters threw rocks at vehicles trying to bypass the barricades.

Overview:

Road blockages began popping up unexpectedly in many parts of Haiti’s capital after Prime Minister Ariel Henry announced a planned increase to already skyrocketing gas prices. At least one person was reported shot dead in a blockage point dispute

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