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Haiti - FLASH : The new fuel prices are in effect, anger is growing
15/09/2022 09:51:24

Haiti - FLASH : The new fuel prices are in effect, anger is growing
"The Ministries of Economy and Finance, Trade and Industry advise the general public, importers, distributors and consumers of petroleum products in particular that the prices per gallon in force in the territory national are set as follows:

Gasoline 95: 570 Gdes
Diesel: 670 Gdes
Kerosene: 665 Gdes

This notice takes effect immediately upon publication.

James Cadet
Minister of Economy and Finance

Ricardin Saint-Jean
Minister of Trade and Industry »

This decision taken by the Council of Ministers on September 13, 2022 to abolish all subsidies on diesel and kerosene and to reduce the subsidy on gasoline, provoked on Wednesday, the strengthening of mobilization in most of the country's major cities.

Gasoline +128% will go from 250 Gourdes to 570 Gourdes (+320 Gourdes) (including a subsidy of 158 Gourdes)
Diesel +89.8% will go from 353 Gourdes to 670 Gourdes (+317 Gdes)
Kerosene +88.9% will increase from 352 Gourdes to 665 Gourdes (+313 Gdes)

Despite the explanations of the Ministry of Communication on social networks, the increase does not pass to consumers. "All the revenue recorded at Customs is not enough to pay for the petroleum product subsidy. Funding to continue importing petroleum products amounts to 9 billion gourdes per month, twice as much as the monthly State payroll [...] Provisions are made to ensure the supply of service stations in the country. Stocks are available to supply the market with gasoline and other orders will be placed to avoid any shortage of stocks and guarantee the availability of the product."

Roads blocked, public transport stopped, businesses and public institutions closed, several cities were paralyzed by major demonstrations, particularly in Port-au-Prince. Clashes with the police, a scene of panic and vandalism, the most militant and motivated demonstrators ensure that they will remain mobilized until the Government reverses its decision to increase fuel prices and the Prime Minister has not leave power.

In addition to the violence between demonstrators and the police, several lootings were reported, including a supermarket located on the route de Frères, a branch of Capital Bank in Delmas 53, a Sun shop in Delmas 95. Several service stations were ransacked, provoking a strong reaction from the National Association of Petroleum Product Distributors (ANADIPP), which condemned the attacks on service stations which caused serious material damage and expressed its sympathy to the managers and owners.

In addition, several residences belonging to those close to the government were the target of attacks, including that of Me André Michel (radical opposition), which was vandalized for having supported the Government's decision to increase fuel prices.

The situation remains explosive and the country on the verge of revolt...

See also :

Previous Fuel Increases : https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-35425-haiti-flash-fuel-prices-will-explode-at-the-pump-official.html

SL/ PI/ HaitiLibre

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