Source @atlblackstar On Monday, workers in Haiti shut down the capital of Port-au-Prince as protests were held across the country against austerity measures in the Caribbean nation. The protests began Friday, as Haitians watched the World Cup game between Brazil and Belgium, when the government announced dramatic increases to fuel prices in connection with austerity measures imposed on behalf of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Several people have been killed from the violence that followed, with luxury hotels targeted and airlines canceling flights to Haiti. Although fuel price hikes — which were canceled amid public pressure — precipitated the demonstrations, oil is only part of the story.
Calling for calm, Prime Minister Guy Lafontant temporarily halted the fuel price increases, which included a 38 percent hike for gasoline, 47 percent for diesel and 51 percent for kerosene, as CNN reported. “I ask for your patience because our administration has a vision, a clear program,” Lafontant said in an announcement on state television. In his statement, the leader defended the agreement with the IMF, which would have called for an end to public subsidies for petroleum products and would have provided the country with an initial $96 million in loans and grants from the IMF and World Bank. Lafontant said Haiti has the lowest oil prices in Latin America among non-petroleum producing nations. In neighboring Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, oil prices are 43 percent higher. Read more at What the Media Won't Tell You About Why Haitian People Are Protestinghttp://flip.it/pt_QJN. #ForTheCulture #ForTheCultureMedia #BlackTech #Latinx #Urban #BlackNews #UrbanEvents #millennial #UrbanArtist #diversity #creatives #StartUp #Oakland #Boston #SanFrancisco #hiphopmusicnews #localartist #TheBay
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