The U.S. Embassy in Haiti warned U.S. citizens Saturday to stay inside while violent demonstrations were ongoing in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince following a fuel price hike.
Demonstrators tried to set fire to a Port-au-Prince hotel where about 120 Americans and 100 Haitians are staying. The protesters also tried to penetrate security and enter the hotel, which among the guests include children and missionaries.
“Do not attempt to travel at this time. Avoid protests and any large gathering of people. Do not attempt to drive through roadblocks,” an alert by the U.S. Embassy said.
American Airlines, JetBlue and Spirit Airlines canceled flights to Haiti on Saturday as Lafontant called for Haitians to stop blocking roads and burning tires amid the civil unrest.
At least three people have died because of the protests that erupted Friday, including a police officer and security guard for a former legislative candidate and opposition leader.