Haiti suspends fuel price hike after protesters riot

Americans trapped in Haiti hotel amid rioting

People in Haiti are being warned to stay inside as violent protests continue in Port Au Prince over a recent fuel price hike.

PJ Media listened to an updated announcement from the U.S. Embassy in Haiti on Monday morning.

The unrest began when the government announced that gasoline prices would rise by 38 percent, diesel by 47 percent and kerosene by 51 percent over the weekend.

There are no reports of United States citizens in Haiti being injured, the embassy said.

The protests prompted several major carriers, including American Airlines, Air France, Delta, Jet Blue and Copa, to cancel flights to Port-au-Prince.

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Haiti's Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant on Saturday announced the suspension "until further notice" of a fuel price hike that triggered violent protests and left one dead in the Caribbean nation.

A mission group from central Kentucky that has been working with schools and children is stranded in Haiti. Only a few miles into the approximately 30-mile journey, the group, which includes middle school- and high school-age children, encountered individuals demanding payment for access to the roadway, according to McFarlin. The friend called him to say that the road ahead was filled with similar impromptu "checkpoints", McFarlin said.

"They weren't government or police", McFarlin recalled. "Just people taking advantage of the situation".

Kramer, who spoke to her daughter by phone, said the group has food, water and safe shelter at the nonprofit group where they had been working.

The cancellation of flights stranded church groups and volunteers from a number of other US states, including South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

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"All other Embassy personnel are still under a Shelter in Place order".

"The Embassy advised Americans to contact family to keep them informed of their welfare and whereabouts, avoid protests and any large gatherings, and to not attempt to drive through roadblocks".

On Friday night, the bodyguard of an opposition-party politician died in an altercation with demonstrators in central Port-au-Prince as he attempted to get through a roadblock.

American Airlines, which had canceled 10 flights since Saturday, said three of its planes had left on Sunday from Port-au-Prince and the northern city of Cap-Haitien bound for Miami and NY.

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