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Some Embassies Close, Citing Unrest


Several countries said this week they were temporarily shutting their embassies in Port-au-Prince, amid unrest over fuel price hikes.


The embassy of the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, said it was closing its "doors to the public until further notice" due to the "deterioration of public safety" in the neighboring country.

The Canadian embassy also announced its closure from Thursday. Mexico said Tuesday that its embassy would remain closed until further notice, while the Spanish embassy took similar measures on Wednesday.

The demonstrations included roadblocks while public transport stopped and many shops and businesses closed for fear of looting.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said the state did not have the funds to continue government fuel subsidies, saying gasoline and other fuel prices would rise sharply.

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