Breaking News: Best Western and Royal Oasis hotels in Haiti vandalized during protests over gas prices increase

Posted by on Saturday, July 7, 2018 Under: Haiti Breaking News
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 Demonstrators have attacked a Best Western Premiere hotel and videos circulating on social media show huge flames ingulfing the main entrance of the Luxurious Oasis Hotel in Petion Ville, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods of Haiti's capital.

A journalist from The Associated Press reports seeing about several hundred rioters hurling rocks and breaking windows around 10 a.m. local time Saturday, forcing hotel guests in the neighborhood of Petion-Ville to remain inside.

Security manned the building, but rioters shattered the main entrance before moving to the nearby Royal Oasis.

No injuries or deaths were reported today, but yesterday three people were killed during the violent demonstrations.

Breaking News: Three killed during violent protest in Haiti against the increase of gas prices

The protests are in response to the government's announcement that it would hike prices of gasoline, diesel and kerosene by 38 percent to 51 percent beginning Saturday.

Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant said the country needed to raise prices to balance the budget and gave no indication the government would back down.

As this article was being written and about to be published, we have learned and can now confirmed that the well known Delimart supert Market in Downtown Delmas, was also vandalized by fire.

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