Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Denver volunteers among those stranded in Haiti after violent protests

Denver volunteers among those stranded in Haiti after violent protests

"Telecommunication services, including internet and phone lines, have been affected throughout Haiti".

Haiti Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant called for Haitians to stop burning tires and blocking roads in response to a plan to hike the price of fuel on the island. Only a few miles into the journey, the group encountered individuals demanding payment for access to the roadway.

Another mission group from Chapin United Methodist Church in SC posted online that its mission team was safe but stranded. It's "a little bit more calm now", she said.

In the heart of Port-au-Prince, AFP journalists saw shops ransacked as protestors, some armed with knives, were met by police who fired weapons into the air and detonated tear gas. MOH would decide when it was safe to travel to the airport, he said.

At least three people were killed. "So this hurts us", she said.

"When you think about the fact that some Haitians make just $5 a week and the government wants to increase the price of gasoline by 38% that in and of itself points to the reason for the unrest", he said.

About 120 Americans and 100 guests were reported staying at a hotel in Port-au-Prince that protesters on Saturday attempted to set fire to and break through security, according to Stacy Librandi Bourne, an emergency medical professional from HERO Client Rescue.

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.

"The Embassy advised Americans to contact family to keep them informed of their welfare and whereabouts, avoid protests and any large gatherings, and to not attempt to drive through roadblocks".

American Airlines, which had cancelled 10 flights since Saturday, said three of its planes had left Sunday from Port-au-Prince and the northern city of Cap-Haitien bound for Miami and NY.

The Woodland Community Church youth mission group left Neply, Haiti early on Saturday for a 3 p.m. flight from Port-au-Prince International Airport, Executive Pastor Dewayne McFarlin told CNN.

Haitian leaders pleaded for calm on Saturday as violent protests over fuel price increases entered a second day and USA airlines cancelled flights to the Caribbean nation.

At the Toussaint Louverture worldwide airport, dozens of stranded travelers camped out waiting for flights to resume, lounging on suitcases.

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