Bus drivers in Haiti have launched a two-day strike over the cost of fuel and many people are unable to get to work and school throughout the country.
Unions representing drivers say the government’s cuts to the regulated cost of diesel and gasoline do not go far enough given the drop in global oil prices.
Few people in impoverished Haiti have their own vehicle so the strike caused major disruptions. Motorcycle taxis were operating Monday but the streets were empty of the often brightly colored minibuses known as “tap taps.”
Drivers set up flaming barricades of tires and other debris at several intersections in Port-au-Prince.
The government recently cut the price of gas by about 25 cents to $4.50 a gallon and diesel by about 20 cents to $3.55.