Protesters set up burning barricades to express frustration at Haiti Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s announcement of a possible gas price increase. Photo by Juhakenson Blaise

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Using tires, tree branches, concrete blocks and other objects, protesters in Haiti Tuesday constructed barricades in the middle of such major arteries as Rue Capois, Lalue, Canapé-Vert, Bois-Verna, Delmas, Bourdon and Pétion-Ville – paralyzing traffic and shutting down activities across the capital. 

At a barricade blocking the airport crossroads connecting Delmas and downtown Port-au-Prince, one protester was killed at the gate of a state agency, the Office National d'Assurance Vieillesse (ONA). Some participants accused the agency’s security guards of the killing, then set ONA’s gate on fire.

At the corner of Delmas 95 and Routes de Frères, protesters threw rocks at vehicles trying to bypass the barricades. 

Overview:

Road blockages began popping up unexpectedly in many parts of Haiti’s capital after Prime Minister Ariel Henry announced a planned increase to already skyrocketing gas prices. At least one person was reported shot dead in a blockage point dispute

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Murdith Joseph is a social worker and journalist. She studied at the State University of Haiti and Maurice Communication. She first worked as a journalist presenter and reporter for Radio Sans Fin (RSF) then as a journalist reporter for Radio tele pacific and writting for the daily Le National. Today she joined the Haitian Times team and covers the news in Port-Au-Prince-Haiti.

Email me at onz@haitiantimes.com
Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

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I am Juhakenson Blaise, a journalist based in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I cover the news that develops in this city and deals with other subjects related to the experience of Haitians for the Haitian Times newspaper. I am also a lover of poetry.