PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Protesters clashed with police
Monday in Haiti's capital while a general strike kept most people at home
across the country in a fourth day of unrest sparked by a now-rescinded
government plan to raise fuel prices in the impoverished nation.
Demonstrators linked to various opposition factions marched
on the parliament building but were turned back by police. Protesters also set
fire to a tax office in the Tabarre area of the capital.
But much of Port-au-Prince and the country shut down. The
general strike halted the mini-buses and taxis that most Haitians depend on to
get to work or school. Most businesses closed after the people took advantage
of the protests to loot shops around the capital.
Public security secretary Ronsard Saint Cyr and leaders of
the House of Deputies and Senate called for an end to the protests and to the
Protests erupted Friday hours before the government-set
price of fuel was to rise by up to 50%, part of a plan endorsed by the
International Monetary Fund to modernize the economy.
The Haitian government canceled the increase amid protests
that left several people dead and prompted airlines to cancel flights to the
Flights have resumed, allowing people who had been stuck in
Haiti over the weekend, including groups of U.S. missionaries, to leave the