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Timid resumption of activities in Haiti after protests

Timid resumption of activities in Haiti after protests

Port-au-Prince, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) Haiti is currently undergoing a timid resumption of its daily life after more than a week of paralysis as a result of the protests against the increase in fuel prices that shook the country.
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Stores, banks, government offices resumed their services, as well as public transportation, both in the capital and in the provincial cities.

In the markets and banking institutions long lines were observed due to the fear that the mobilizations will be renewed in the coming days if the government insists on the adjustment of up to 228 percent of gasoline, diesel and kerosene prices.

The measure announced by the Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, fueled popular discontent at a time when thousands of citizens were already demonstrating against inflation, fuel shortages and the depreciation of the national currency.

Protests were intense in Port-au-Prince and cities such as Gonaïves, Jacmel, Petit Goave, Les Cayes and Jeremie, where humanitarian, school, state and private institutions were looted.

The demonstrators also demanded Henry’s resignation and the establishment of a transitional government, as well as a reduction in the cost of basic necessities, the prices of which have soared this year.

Haiti’s crisis worsened after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse; however, the Caribbean country had already been in economic recession for three years before the assassination, with no Parliament or functional judicial system, and armed groups controlled densely populated areas.

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