Haiti ‘just completely blew up,’ a North Carolina pastor says of a stranded mission team

A demonstrator throws plastics onto a smouldering barricade in central Port-au-Prince on July 9, 2018, following two days of deadly looting and arson triggered by a quickly aborted government attempt to raise fuel prices.

Friday was to be their last night of a week-long mission trip to Haiti. But as violent protests over sharply rising fuel prices shook the island nation, a dozen members of North Albemarle Baptist Church still took refuge Monday in an orphanage outside the capital city.

Under price hikes that were to go in effect on Saturday, gas prices were to rise 38 percent and diesel and kerosene even higher, the Miami Herald reported. After more than a day of protests, President Jovenel Moïse said fuel prices would revert to their original rates and urged protesters to go home.

At least three air carriers resumed flying in and out of Port-au-Prince on Sunday. The U.S. Embassy in Haiti tweeted Monday morning, however, that flights are overbooked and roadblocks are in place in two routes into Port-au-Prince.

“We continue to advise U.S. citizens to shelter in place at this time,” the embassy tweeted.


h/t Lisa the Kafir

Source: The NC Renegade

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