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    Quote Originally Posted by drstock View Post
    I agree that the destruction solves nothing, but those fuel price rises, between 38 and 51%, would be met with protests anywhere in the world!
    Were they subsidized before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    Were they subsidized before?
    Yes - although I can not yet figure out by how much - "This will include measures to improve tax collection and efficiency, and to eliminate excessive subsidies, including on retail fuel. " https://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles...h-haiti-on-smp

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    Were they subsidized before?
    Here - this might give an idea - Gas prices per liter last week -Haiti was $.91 and the DR was $1.27 https://www.globalpetrolprices.com/H...soline_prices/

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    That particular hotel may be taking the brunt of the anger because of the $2 million grant for its construction from the Clinton-Bush fund after the earthquake... (one of those "seemed like a good idea at the time" thingies)
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-h...8BC04K20121213

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    Fuel prices go up and people riot, burning and destroying what little they had in the first place.

    Or is this just more political skullduggery, inciting rioots?
    At least they are trying to stand up to the government porking them in the bum,Dominicans just let the powers that be screw them over royally and do nothing about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drstock View Post
    I agree that the destruction solves nothing, but those fuel price rises, between 38 and 51%, would be met with protests anywhere in the world!
    Living in OKAP every month for ten days and having spent years in limited parts of Haiti, I recognize that for young males, a principal means of employment is transportation via motorcycle. The competition is fierce and the profits are thin. A gargantuan price hike such as the one required to implement under the IMF protocol (removing or curtailing the gas subsidy) means for the motorcyle fellows, ubiquitous throughout the country, NO FOOD. Not being able eat is a deal breaker for normal everyday civil behaviour. There is no choice but for civil unrest. It is a matter of live or die. And attacking "the government," that's an abstraction, so the people being attacked are monied Haitians and tourists for whom the the hike is not a big problem and who are a very small minority in the country. Also, in Haiti there are three levels of cooking. From the bottom up: 1. three rocks and wood, 2. charcoal (recho chabon), and 3. propane. For those using propane, that hike cuts into food expenses. The government should have realized in advance that the IMF requirement was not doable and they should have refused it.

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    Trump was correct.

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    It's very ironic that a few days after ex-Haitian president Henri Namphy died, Haiti breaks out once more into instability.

    Henri Namphy lived in Jarabacoa. Hardly anyone knew that the ex-president of Haiti lived there until his passing late in June.

    Listin Diario published several articles, including this one on July 1 (the day of his wake in Santo Domingo): https://www.listindiario.com/la-repu...ica-dominicana

    The title says it all: "Henri Namphy asked to be buried in the DR, he was disgusted with Haiti"

    In the article they interview some family members and friends of the late ex-president and a close friend said that once Henri arrived at the DR as an exile, he never visited Haiti. Not even at times when he was invited to attend presidential inaugurations in Port-au-Prince. He attempted to create a constitution that would conduct Haiti into developing, but instead the country adopted another constitution that made Haiti take a step back. He lamented that his country keeps going backwards while the DR rolls forward.

    Seven days after he was buried at the Cristo Redentor Cemetery on the outskirts of Santo Domingo, Haiti breaks out into one more social/political crisis.

    SMH

    Photos of his wake at Funeraria Blandino in Santo Domingo:







    Although not as tragic, this reminds me of Eugenio MarĂ­a de Hostos's wish of being buried in Santo Domingo for as long as his native Puerto Rico remains a colony. He died in 1903 and to this very day his remains rests in the National Pantheon in the Colonial Zone, waiting for the when PR breaks its colonial status. He's the only foreigners buried in the National Pantheon, which is a place reserved for the most heroic Dominicans.
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    The fuel prices in DR will rise soon too, thanks to the stupid decision to vote against Venezuela in the Organization of American States just to please US.

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