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Violent Protests Erupt in Haiti as Fuel Prices Rise

Violent Protests Erupt  in Haiti as Fuel Prices Rise Violent Protests Erupt  in Haiti as Fuel Prices Rise

Major protests erupted Friday in Haiti as the government announced a sharp increase in gasoline prices, with demonstrators using burning tires and barricades to block major streets across the capital and in the northern city of Cap-Haitien.

At least three people were killed. Journalists saw the body of two protesters who had been fatally shot in the Delmas area of the capital as demonstrators clashed with police. It was unclear who shot the men, ABC News reported.

The third death was a security guard for a former political candidate who was stopped at a barricade. The security guard got out of the vehicle and fired a gun in the air to disperse protesters. An Associated Press journalist saw the crowd seize the man when he ran out of bullets, beat him to death and set his body aflame as the vehicle sped off. Protesters tried at one point to set a gas station on fire but were held off by police. The demonstrations began after the commerce  and economic ministries issued a joint statement announcing an increase of 38% to 51% for gasoline, diesel and kerosene. The increases take effect Saturday.

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