Haitian unions call general strike against fuel rise

Several Haitian trade and social unions Sunday called a 24-hour general strike on Monday to protest the fuel prices hike in the country.

According to information reaching here from Port-au-Prince, capital of Haiti, the protest will start at 6:00 a.m. local time.

In response, the United Nations Peace Mission in Haiti (Minustah) was getting ready to secure the streets of Haiti’s capital to prevent violence.

Fuel prices have kept rising in Haiti although the government has promised not to raise them till the new government takes office.

The price of one gallon of gasoline has increased from 4.10 U.S. dollars to 4.65 dollars, while the price of diesel has gone up from 2.77 dollars to 3.77 per gallon, and kerosene is sold at 3.74 dollars each gallon.


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