Video of Hotel Royal Oasis in the middle of raging fire
It has been reported that at least seven people have been killed in Haiti during the protest over a significant rise in gasoline prices. Demonstrators burned tires in the streets, looted several shops and set cars on fire.
With the announcement of the Haitian government to raise fuel price up by 38%, 47% and 51% for gasoline, diesel, and kerosene respectively on July 6, 2018, violent demonstrations broke out across the country. The crowd placed barricades that blocked the main routes and burned many vehicles. They did not spare the beautifully manicured tropical landscape as well as magnificent views of the city. Dense black smoke covered the city. So far, at least seven people killed and dozens of businesses were looted or vandalized. The mob set fire on the most elegant city hotel 'Hotel Royal Oasis' in Port-au-Prince. The hotel is located in the modern and safe neighbourhood of Petion-Ville near many embassies, government agencies and international corporate offices. All the cars parked in the hotel were burned.
Nearly 200 people including 120 Americans were trapped in the hotel. Protesters tried to set fire to it amid violent clashes with the local police, but they did not harm anyone inside. The Hotel Royal Oasis is a five-star property developed by Jerry Tardieu. It is a project of Spain-based Occidential Hotels & Resorts located on a three-acre site in Port-au-Prince's Petion-Ville residential neighbourhood. It includes 128 rooms and suites, featuring a rooftop infinity pool and art gallery. It was the first major brand to enter Haiti in decades. The US government has advised its citizens not to visit Haiti on any non-essential purpose. Many flights were either cancelled or rescheduled. The U.S. Embassy in the country urged Americans to remain indoors and not try to reach the airport unless they know their flight is leaving. The property has 2 restaurants offering Mediterranean cuisine, appetizers and tapas, while its 2 bars serve cocktails and drinks. Guests can find an art gallery, boutiques and bank services. The centre of Port-au-Prince is 5 miles away, while the Seaport Terminal is at a distance of 5.6 miles. Port-au-Prince International Airport can be reached within a 20 minutes' drive.
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