Canada advises against 'non-essential' travel to Haiti amid protests

Canada advises against 'non-essential' travel to Haiti amid protests

The Haitian government suspended a fuel price hike earlier Saturday after widespread violence broke out during protests.

Smoke from Oasis hotel where cars were burned in the hotel’s parking lot, after protesters set them on fire during protests against the rising price of fuel, on July 7, 2018. Haiti’s Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant on Saturday announced the suspension “until further notice” of an unpopular fuel price hike that had triggered a wave of violent protests across the Caribbean nation. Just before the declaration, the leader of Haiti’s lower house of parliament had threatened a government takeover if the fuel price increases were not reversed. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP/Getty Images

OTTAWA — The federal government has issued a travel advisory for Haiti, warning Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel to the Caribbean nation.

The government’s travel website was updated Saturday afternoon with the warning, which advises against non-essential trips “due to civil unrests throughout the country.”

The Haitian government suspended a fuel price hike earlier Saturday after widespread violence broke out during protests.

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

But his administration bowed to pressure after demonstrators took to the streets in protest.

The Canadian government also warns in a statement on Twitter that several airlines have cancelled flights to the capital in the wake of the violent protests.

“Protesters have set up burning barricades in the main streets of Port-au-Prince as well as in residential neighbourhoods. Limit your movements,” read a tweet from @TravelGoC, described as the government’s “one-stop shop for comprehensive international travel information.”

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