Saturday, July 14, 2018

"Everybody was up in arms about the government doing what they were doing”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Town Councilor Glenn Jones has seen a few things during his missionary trips to Haiti - the devastation of the 2010 earthquake that first drew him there to help in the aftermath, then the rebuilding as he returned. He has seen abject poverty, unwavering faith, and stalwart determination. 
What he had never seen, up until a few days ago, was outright rebellion. A member of the New England Chapel doing work with Mission E4 Inc., Jones was in Haiti when widespread protests over a government-planned spike in fuel prices erupted over the weekend, spreading out from Port-Au-Prince. The protests effectively shut down commerce and travel on the island nation, and prompted the U.S. State Department to issue a shelter in place advisory to American citizens and diplomats there. 
“I’ve never seen that kind of an upheaval in my life, ever,” said Jones. “It was extraordinary to see the burnt out trucks, the broken glass, the burning wires and smouldering piles of trash and tires, and just all the makeshift things they had set up to keep people from traversing the country.”
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