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Food riots turn deadly in Haiti

Haiti, The Caribbean
At least four people were killed and 20 wounded when demonstrations against rising food prices turned into riots in southern Haiti. Reports say scores of people went on the rampage in the town of Les Cayes, blocking roads, looting shops and shooting at UN peacekeepers. The UN said its personnel had opened fire at some of the armed protesters. For two days running, parts of Haiti have been erupting into violence triggered by the soaring cost of food. The prices of rice, beans and fruit have gone up by 50% in the last year. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Americas. Around 80% of the population lives on less than $2 a day.


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