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Haiti suspends fuel price hike after protesters riot

AP  |  Port-Au-Prince 

The suspended a fuel price hike today after widespread violence broke out across the capital and in the northern city of

had originally said the country needed to raise prices to balance the budget and gave no indication he would back down. But his administration bowed to pressure after demonstrators took to the streets in protest.

A from reported seeing several hundred people on Saturday attack a Premiere hotel in Petion-Ville, one of the capital's wealthiest neighborhoods. Guests were forced to remain inside as rocks were hurled through windows around 10 a.m. local time.

Security manned the building, but rioters shattered the main entrance before moving to another hotel.

No or deaths were reported during the day's incidents, but at least three people were killed Friday as protesters used burning tires and barricades to block major streets. At one point they attempted to set a on fire but were held off by police.

The demonstrations began after the and issued a joint statement announcing an increase of 38 percent to 51 percent for gasoline, diesel and kerosene.

Government officials agreed to reduce subsidies for fuel in February as part of an assistance package with the The agreement also included increased spending on and infrastructure and improved tax collection in an effort to modernize the economy of one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere.

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 00:55 IST
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