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    Dozens Remain Blocked in Haitian Hotel Amid Fuel Price Protests - Reports

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    At least 220 people remain blocked in a hotel in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince amid violent demonstrations against fuel price hike, media reported citing Stacy Librandi Bourne, an emergency medical professional from HERO Client Rescue.

    The protests have started this week after local authorities announced that prices for gasoline were to rise 38 percent while diesel prices were to go up 47 percent and kerosene 51 percent.

    According to media reports, at least three people were killed during the demonstrations, while at least three US airliners halted flights to this country.

    Bourne told CNN broadcaster that about 120 US nationals remain blocked in the Oasis hotel in Port-au-Prince after the demonstrators tried to set the hotel on fire and get past security.

    On Saturday, Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant said that the fuel price increase will be temporary stopped and called on the demonstrators to calm down.

    The broadcaster said citing the US embassy in Haiti that no US nationals have been injured in demonstrations.

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