Riots over Food Prices in Haiti, Globally

April 10, 2008 at 12:19 pm 1 comment

ReutersBy Leonard Doyle in Washington, Re-posted from The Independent

Demonstrators have tried to storm the presidential palace in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, as protests over hunger and rising food prices spread across the developing world.

Demanding the resignation of President René Préval, the protesters attempted to break through the palace gates before being driven back by a contingent of Brazilian United Nations peacekeepers who used tear gas and rubber bullets.

The prices of basic foods such as rice, beans, condensed milk and fruit have risen by more than 50 per cent in Haiti, where the poor even rely on biscuits made of mud to get through the day. Even the price of this traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs has gone up to more than $5 (£2.50) for 100 biscuits.
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  • 1. amandamaria  |  April 10, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Read also:

    Food Riots A Possibility Here In U.S., And How They Relate To Iraq, Oil, And The Chinese
    By Tony

    Here’s an excerpt:
    “Closer to home, prices in the U.S. for staples like corn, rice and soy beans have gone through the roof, leading to crazy increases of food prices.This is in part due to the much higher price of gas and oil, which are used to power the equipment that process the foodstuffs and transport them to market.

    Go to your local grocery store, and you’ll have all the proof you need. No less a conservative bastion than Fox Business Channel warns that milk could be priced at $5 a gallon by summer’s end. High fuel prices (that damned oil again), drought and a spike in the cost of feed and dairy operations are all kicking up the price.”

    Reply

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