At least one person has died there in the past day.
The capital Port-au-Prince has stood paralysed since yesterday with major routes blocked, following the 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.
"I ask your patience because our administration has a vision, a clear program," said Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant. "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," he added, as many shop and car windows stood shattered in wealthy neighbourhoods.
"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 also been 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 but which also help make fuel affordable in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country.
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