Diplomats at the U.S. Embassy requested the Marines’ presence, facing pending trouble. A State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the safety and security of Americans are among their highest priorities. “Local law enforcement and U.S. Embassy security authorities will take appropriate measures to safeguard personnel and visitors,” the official said. Civil unrest and violent demonstrations broke out in Haiti after Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant said that gasoline, diesel and kerosene prices would jump by up to 51 percent. The fuel price hike was suspended Saturday, but disorder continued. “On July 9, 2018, the U.S. government authorized the voluntary departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel and their families. Right now, the U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens,” the State Department warning read.
Marines Send More Embassy Guards to Haiti as Riots Turn Deadly https://t.co/8g6TRLoyOd— Military.com (@Militarydotcom) July 11, 2018
July 12, 2018