But much of Port-au-Prince and the country shut down. Although the government rescinded the price hikes, the protests continued.
Footage released by Haiti Information Project shows what appears to be thousands of anti-government protesters taking to the streets on the evening of July 8.
American Airlines, which had cancelled 10 flights since Saturday, said three of its planes had left Sunday from Port-au-Prince and the northern city of Cap-Haitien bound for Miami and NY. Despite the Lafontant government's concession to public pressure, the anger and remains.
As a result gasoline prices increased by 38 percent, diesel by 47 percent and kerosene by 51 percent. At least two police stations and several police vehicles were burned.A framework signed in February between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Haiti implied the ending of subsidies for petroleum products, which are a major source of the budget deficit.
Arguing in support of the higher fuel prices earlier in the day, Lafontant said that between 2010 and 2018, government fuel subsidies had cost $1 billion.
Roads and intersections were barricaded, and store and auto windows in the affluent sections of Port-au-Prince were reportedly smashed.
Police Director-General Michel-Ange Gedeon has ordered officers to crack down on what he calls "bandits who disturb the peace and security of the country". They set several cars alight in the parking lot. Avoid protests and any large gathering of people.
"We urge USA citizens in Haiti who are safe to contact their loved ones directly and/or update their social media status", the embassy stated.
A request made by the embassy includes a Marine Security Guard Augmentation Unit consisting of about 13 Marines and other personnel to reinforce existing embassy security, CNN reported Tuesday.
The missive - sent to all American State Department employees in Haiti - came as a crisis unfolded in Port-au-Prince. "He needs to leave the country and leave the country to us so we can live". This is Haitian protester Francois Anelson.
People run after cars were set on fire near a Best Western hotel during protests over a fuel price increase in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 7, 2018.
"Do not destroy, because every time it's Haiti that becomes poorer". Urban dwellers are 37 percent of the population and have an average annual income of $409, while 80 percent of people living in rural areas live in extreme poverty.