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Protests against austerity measures increase property damage, arson, and looting risks in Haiti over coming weeks

09 July 2018


Over the weekend of 6–8 July, violent protests took place in Haiti against the government’s decision, announced on 6 July, to cut fuel subsidies, as part of a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), despite the government cancelling the measure the following day.

In the capital, Port-au-Prince, demonstrators erected barricades with trees and burning tyres, disrupting traffic and blocking roads in the outskirts. They set parked vehicles on fire outside the Best Western and Oasis hotels and telecommunications company Natcom in Pétion-Ville. Government and commercial properties were also set on fire – local media reported a fire at a Coca Cola plant – and windows broken, with shops and supermarkets looted in areas such as Delmas.

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