Haitians demand lower fuel prices in mass protests


At least 6,000 protesters marched through Haiti’s capital yesterday demanding lower fuel prices and the removal of President Michel Martelly.

The protest in Port-au-Prince remained peaceful overall although police briefly threw tear gas and dispersed a crowd that had burned rubbish and tyres in the street to block traffic.

The protest, which diminished in strength as the afternoon wore on, was the latest in a series of demonstrations over recent weeks fuelled by anger over fuel prices.

The government recently lowered the price of gasoline by about six cents to $1.19 a litre and diesel prices dropped by about five cents to $0.94, but protesters say the reductions do not fully reflect the global drop in oil prices.

“The cost of living is too high,” said Joel Pierre, a welder who joined the protest instead of going to work.

He told the AP news agency he also would join in a two-day general strike scheduled to start on Monday that is aimed at forcing a shutdown of schools, banks and other institutions.

“We need to let the government know that this is serious,” Pierre said.

Bus drivers went on strike for two days earlier in the week, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers and students stranded.

In protests on Monday, at least three people were wounded by gunshots in a neighbourhood south of Port-au-Prince during clashes between protesting youths and police – and automatic weapons fire was heard around the capital as protesters smashed car windows with stones and blocked roads.

Protesters also remain angry that Martelly began ruling by decree last month after parliament was dissolved. Long-delayed elections have not been held. (AP)

11 Responses to Haitians demand lower fuel prices in mass protests

  1. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer February 8, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    These people don’t joke ! Wish Barbadians were as brave as they are

    • Ken Debajee
      Ken Debajee February 9, 2015 at 2:19 am

      lack of education makes you brave,all you have is instinct for survival, like the animals in the jungle, BUT not to worry bajans shooting up each other every few day, maybe you will get your wish sooner than you think

    • Huey Newton
      Huey Newton February 9, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      Great reply Ken. Your people have it so good you are really hating on yourself. Only country where I read these comments about your own country. Barbados people are arrogant and really ungrateful. You need to get some real hardship.

  2. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid February 8, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    That is how it”s done!

  3. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley February 8, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Bajans are too political to stand up for their rights-wimps-the only place in the world where people are so docile -smh

  4. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock February 8, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Haitians, are the first people that fought for the abolishing of slavery.

  5. Ken Debajee
    Ken Debajee February 9, 2015 at 2:14 am

    HAITI… the land of a confused people

  6. Alex Alleyne February 9, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Barbados, next stop .

  7. Alex Alleyne February 9, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Ken Debajee, change comes about by a set who have everything to lose , or by a set who have nothing to lose.

  8. Allan B Love
    Allan B Love February 9, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Most Bajans r house slaves!!!


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