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Three people have been wounded in Haiti protests over oil prices

Demonstrators block a street with burning tires in Port-au-Prince, Haiti during a strike against high oil prices on February 2, 2015.

Three people have been wounded by gunfire as violence erupts between demonstrators and Haitian police amid demonstrations over high oil prices.

Police forces used live ammunition and teargas to disperse protesters blocking roads in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on Monday, AFP reports.

Haitian trade unions have deemed the new elected government’s recent gas and kerosene price cuts as insufficient. 

"We demand that oil prices drop by 100 gourdes (about $2) per liter," said union leader Anderson Desroches.

The government recently announced a small decrease of 15 gourdes ($0.32) per liter of gas and 10 gourdes ($0.21) on kerosene.  

The three-people were shot in a neighborhood south of the capital as violence broke out between protesters, who were smashing car windows, and police.

On January 17, Haitian police forces clashed with demonstrators calling for the resignation of President Michel Martelly.

The peaceful demonstration turned violent after police arrested two protesters they accused of being thieves in Port-au-Prince.

Haiti’s new government was sworn in on January 19 at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince.  

The new government is headed by Prime Minister Evans Paul, and is consistent of twenty ministers and 12 secretaries of state.

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