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Widespread riots in Haiti over fuel prices

Haitian people wait to purchase fuel at a gas station in the commune of Petion Ville in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, July 9, 2018, one of the few gas stations open during the strike to protest the hike in fuel prices. (Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images)

Widespread riots in Haiti over fuel prices

Protesters clashed with police Monday in Haiti’s capital while a general strike kept most people at home across the country in a fourth day of unrest sparked by a now-rescinded government plan to raise fuel prices in the impoverished nation.

Demonstrators linked to various opposition factions marched on the parliament building but were turned back by police. Protesters also set fire to a tax office in the Tabarre area of the capital.

But much of Port-au-Prince and the country shut down. The general strike halted the mini-buses and taxis that most Haitians depend on to get to work or school. Most businesses closed after the people took advantage of the protests to loot shops around the capital. (AP)

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