Protesters Riot at Best Western Hotel in Haiti’s Capital


By The Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Demonstrators have attacked a Best Western Premiere hotel in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods of Haiti’s capital.

A journalist from The Associated Press reports seeing about several hundred rioters hurling rocks and breaking windows around 10 a.m. local time Saturday, forcing hotel guests in the neighborhood of Petion-Ville to remain inside.

AA masked protester sets up a barricade in the middle of the street during a protest over the cost of fuel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

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

No injuries or deaths were reported.

The protests are in response to the government’s announcement that it would hike prices of gasoline, diesel and kerosene by 38 percent to 51 percent beginning Saturday.

Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant said the country needed to raise prices to balance the budget and gave no indication the government would back down.



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