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Haiti demonstrators protest against gasoline prices, threaten to disrupt Carnival celebrations

  • Flames rise from a truck after it was set on fire by protesters demanding the government lower fuel prices, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Demonstrators are promising to disrupt the upcoming national carnival if the costs don’t go down. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Flames rise from a truck after it was set on fire by protesters demanding the government lower fuel prices, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Demonstrators are promising to disrupt the upcoming national carnival if the costs don’t go down. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

  • A firefighter walks next to the charred shell of car after it was set on fire by protesters demanding the government lower fuel prices, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Demonstrators are promising to disrupt the upcoming national carnival if the costs don’t go down. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    A firefighter walks next to the charred shell of car after it was set on fire by protesters demanding the government lower fuel prices, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Demonstrators are promising to disrupt the upcoming national carnival if the costs don’t go down. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman and child run past police officers responding to protesters demanding the government lower fuel prices, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Protesters burned tires and threw rocks, while police officers responded with tear gas. Demonstrators are promising to disrupt the upcoming national carnival if the costs don’t go down. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    A woman and child run past police officers responding to protesters demanding the government lower fuel prices, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Protesters burned tires and threw rocks, while police officers responded with tear gas. Demonstrators are promising to disrupt the upcoming national carnival if the costs don’t go down. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

Demonstrators in Haiti's capital have burned a pickup truck and a car during a protest over gasoline prices and are threatening disrupt Carnival celebrations if the costs don't come down more.

Participants in Thursday's demonstration also set fire to tires and threw rocks, while police responded with tear gas.

A larger protest is planned for Saturday, and organizers are urging businesses to close and calling for people from all sectors to participate.

Haiti's Carnival will be held this year starting Feb. 15 in Port-au-Prince.

Students and other protesters warn that they will disrupt the celebrations if gasoline prices are not lowered more because of worldwide slump in oil prices. The government has recently made two reductions, decreasing the price from $4.75 a gallon to just over $4.