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In Port-au-Prince, thousands of protesters set up flaming barricades and threw rocks at the national palace, burned gas stations and looted businesses.

And across the countryside, farmers erected road blockades – one community dragged a vehicle chassis across the road – while residents from a fishing village flipped over a boat.


On Saturday, Rene Preval, the president, finally responded, promising to reduce the price of rice by nearly 16 per cent, while the Haitian senate voted to remove Jacques Edouard Alexis, the prime minister, from office.

The moves seem to have pacified the Haitian people – but only for now.

Many of those who participated in the protests are vowing to take to the streets again if food prices do not go down rapidly.