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Public Transportation Strike Paralyzes Haiti - 2003-01-15

A strike by Haitian public transportation workers has paralyzed the Caribbean nation's two major cities.

Bus and taxi drivers refused to work Tuesday to protest recent dramatic increases in fuel costs after the government eliminated a subsidy program. Schools and businesses were closed in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and in the country's second-largest city, Cape Haitian.

Transportation workers staged a similar walkout January 7. The government said budget deficits have made it impossible to continue the subsidies.