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Violence soars in Haiti as its economy plummets

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Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2022. 4:48 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Haiti is at its breaking point as the economy tanks and violence soars, the Associated Press reports.

Haiti is facing, what the President of the Dominican Republic calls a “low-intensity civil war”.

Last month, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said fuel subsidies would be eliminated, causing prices to double.

Since then, protesters have blocked roads and Haiti’s most powerful gang has dug trenches to block access to Haiti’s largest fuel terminal amidst calls for Henry to resign and the prices for fuel and basic goods go down.

Residents are now afraid to send their children to school, fuel, and clean water are scarce; hospitals, banks, and grocery stores are struggling to stay open.

A gallon of gas reportedly costs $30 on the black market in Port-au-Prince and more than $40 in rural areas.

People are walking miles to obtain food and water since public transportation is extremely limited.

“[We are] facing a multifaceted socio-political and economic crisis that is being exacerbated by insecurity,” Foreign Minister Jean Victor Geneus told the United Nations General Assembly last month.

Geneus added that while Haiti recognized that it is a constitutional right to peaceful demonstrations, it would nevertheless condemn the looting, acts of vandalism, and attacks perpetrated against churches, schools, universities, and hospitals, among others, during recent protests.

 

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