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Barricades and ditches limit access to fuel terminals in Haiti

Barricadas y zanjas limitan acceso a terminales petroleras de Haití

Barricades and ditches limit access to fuel terminals in Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Sept 20 (Prensa Latina) Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry assured that fuel was available. However, today the country´s gas stations remain closed, and terminals cannot be reached due the huge barricades and protests.
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At the Varreux Terminal, which stores 70 percent of the country´s fuel, a ditch was even dug, which prevents distributor trucks to have access to it, according to a video that is circulating on social media.

An official message by this terminal confirmed the presence of a ditch, presumably dug with heavy machinery, so employees, operators and trucks cannot reach this facility.

The protests intensified last week when the government confirmed the adjustment to increasing fuel price, which doubled the gasoline price and increased that of diesel by 90 percent amid chronic shortage.

For over a week, the capital and other cities have remained blocked, with their shops, public and private institutions closed and without access to transportation. Meanwhile, barricades are blocking the way.

A number of lootings of humanitarian institutions, banks, schools, religious organizations and state offices like the Civil Protection have been reported.

However, Henry kept increasing prices in his recent speech on Sunday and said that the funds withdrawn from the fuel subsidy will be able to expand social and economic relief programs, boost agricultural production and increase community restaurants.

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