At least one person died there in overnight violence.
The capital Port-au-Prince and its environs have stood paralyzed since Friday afternoon with major routes blocked by barricades, some made of burning tires, and some protesters even calling for a revolution.
Similar angry protests broke out in Cap-Haitien, the second-largest city, as well as in the communes of Les Cayes, Jacmel and Petit-Goave.
The troubles were sparked by a government announcement that gasoline prices would rise by 38 per cent, diesel by 47 per cent and kerosene by 51 per cent starting this weekend.
Many service stations have suspended operations. Station operators said they did not want to provide gas that could be used to set fires, or to be targeted by demonstrators. Angry protesters reportedly tried to torch at least one station before police intervened.
The protests prompted several major airlines, including American, Air France, Delta, Jet Blue and Copa, to cancel flights to Port-au-Prince, at least through mid-day today.
"I ask your patience because our administration has a vision, a clear program," he said. "Do not destroy, because every time it's Haiti that becomes poorer."
"The country is under construction but if each time we destroy we will always lag behind."
Last night the bodyguard of an opposition-party politician died in an altercation with demonstrators in central Port-au-Prince as he attempted to force a passage through a roadblock. His body was then burned in the road.
"We understand your right to protest," said Michel-Ange Gedeon. "But we do not understand the violence." At least two police stations and several police vehicles have been burned.
But subsidies also help make fuel affordable in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country, where most people live in extreme poverty, joblessness is widespread and the inflation rate has exceeded 13 percent for the past three years.
The government faces the difficult task of finding a diplomatic way to persuade ordinary Haitians that higher fuel prices make sense.
"We don't talk about an increase but rather about putting fuel prices where they should be," Lafontant insisted in his televised remarks Saturday.
He said that between 2010 and 2018, the government had subsidized fuel to the tune of USD 1 billion -- an amount, he said, that "could have allowed us to build many kilometers of highway... many classrooms... many health clinics."
Government officials also complain that the country has for years effectively been subsidizing people in the neighboring Dominican Republic who drive across the border to take advantage of Haiti's lower fuel prices.
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