PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – The controversial fuel price hike that triggered deadly protests in the French speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state, has been suspended.
The decision to suspended the increase in the price of gasoline, was announced on Saturday by Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant.
On Friday, at least three people were reportedly killed as Haitians took to the streets, burning tires and mounting roadblocks, following government’s announcement of the increase.
According to reports price hike was based on an agreement signed with the International Monetary Fund earlier this year.
Just before the suspension was announced, the leader of Haiti’s lower house of parliament had threatened a government takeover if the fuel price increases were not reversed.
Shortly after, Lafontant announced the suspension of the decision on Twitter, stating that “violence and democracy are fundamentally incompatible.”
Police said two protestors were fatally shot when they clashed with the lawmen in the capital on Friday and a security guard of a former political candidate also lost his life at a barricade.