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Haiti government asks for patience amid fuel price protests

AFP  |  Port-au-Prince 

Haiti's today called for patience from residents of the nation amid deadly protests over an unpopular fuel price rise.

At least one person has died there in the past day.

The capital Port-au-has stood paralysed since yesterday with major routes blocked, following the government announcement that gasoline prices would rise by 38 per cent, diesel by 47 per cent and kerosene by 51 per cent starting this weekend.

"I ask your patience because our administration has a vision, a clear program," said "Do not destroy, because every time it's that becomes poorer."

"The country is under construction but if each time we destroy we will always lag behind," he added, as many shop and stood shattered in wealthy neighbourhoods.

Last night the of a died in an altercation with demonstrators in Port-au-as he attempted to force a passage through a roadblock. His body was then burned in the road.

The pleaded for calm.

"We understand your right to protest," said "But we do not understand the violence." At least two police stations and several police vehicles have also been burned.

A framework signed in February between the (IMF) and implied the ending of subsidies for petroleum products, which are a major source of the budget deficit but which also help make fuel affordable in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country.

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First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 20:20 IST