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Unrest Causes Travel Advisories in Haiti and Nicaragua

Protesters barricade a street in the Port-au Prince suburb of Petion Ville Protesters barricade a street in the Port-au Prince suburb of Petion Ville
Deanna Wagner | 10 July, 2018, 12:26

The embassy is continuing to monitor the situation in Haiti, where protests have erupted after the government hiked fuel prices.

In addition, on July 6, the U.S. State Department ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel from Nicaragua and closed its Managua embassy.

Haiti's Commerce and Economic ministries announced on Friday that it would lower fuel subsidies in a bid to generate more government revenue, which translated to a 38 percent jump for gasoline and 47 percent for diesel.

Nonprofit group My Life Speaks said Saturday that mission teams from Woodland Community Church in Bradenton, Fla., and the Glade Church in Mount Juliet, Tenn., remained in Haiti after being unable to get to the airport due to protests and roadblocks.

Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant announced the temporary suspension of double-digit government hikes to prices for gasoline, diesel and kerosene on Saturday afternoon - just a day after they were announced - but the unrest has continued.

Volunteer groups from several US states are stranded in Haiti after violent protests over fuel prices canceled flights and made roads unsafe. The company cancelled three flights earlier in the day. A local colleague of McFarlin's rode ahead on a motorcycle and reported that the road ahead was filled with similar impromptu "checkpoints".

On Saturday, about 120 Americans and 100 Haitians were forced to hold up in the Oasis hotel after demonstrators tried to set the building alight and rush past security.

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Chapin United Methodist Church in SC posted online that its mission team was safe but stranded.

The group of Americans include volunteer groups who are visiting on behalf of churches from South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

The Embassy urged Americans in Haiti to "contact your family to keep them informed of your welfare and whereabouts", and to avoid protests and any large gathering of people.

He says the youth group probably won't leave the area until Monday.

"Do not attempt to drive through roadblocks", it cautioned.

According to the Miami Herald, Spirit and JetBlue airlines canceled flights to Haiti Sunday, but a Delta flight from Atlanta landed and departed, and American Airlines operated round-trip flights from Miami and Fort Lauderdale over the weekend.