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People loot shops in Delmas, a commune near Port-au-Prince, during protests against the rising price of fuel, on July 8, 2018.AFP Contributor#AFP/Getty Images

Mostly young protesters in Haiti blocked streets on Sunday while many damaged or looted stores remained closed for a third day following anger over steep fuel price increases in the Caribbean nation.

Protesters used felled trees to block roadways, as well as piles of tires set on fire, many of which continued to smoulder on Sunday, sending thick clouds of black smoke high into the air.

In some cases, police responded with tear gas to disperse crowds.

The remains of charred cars were parked in front of the Best Western and Oasis hotels, in the capital’s southern hilltop suburb of Petion-Ville, as well as near the offices of telecommunications company Natcom.

The U.S. embassy warned its citizens to avoid the unrest in the capital Port-au-Prince and reschedule any travel plans as several airlines cancelled flights.

Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant announced the temporary suspension of double-digit government hikes to prices for gasoline, diesel and kerosene on Saturday afternoon – just a day after they were announced – but the unrest has continued.

Across the capital, few cars and motorcycles were moving on Sunday, while broken windows or otherwise damaged buildings were a more common sight.

At a shopping centre in Petion-Ville, police attempted to secure shops that had been attacked, which were littered with broken glass and merchandise strewn on the floors.

The decision to raise prices was part of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund, which requires the impoverished country to enact a range of austerity measures aimed at boosting government revenue and strengthening the country’s economy.

Demonstrators erected flaming roadblocks on Saturday, while others attacked some businesses.

“Due to continuing demonstrations, roadblocks, and violence across Port-au-Prince, as well as short staffing at the airports, embassy personnel have been instructed to rebook any flights originally scheduled for Sunday,” the U.S. embassy said in a statement.

A spokesman for U.S. carrier American Airlines Group Inc said it had cancelled three out of seven round trip flights scheduled to stop in Port-au-Prince on Sunday.

The carrier’s Sunday route to Haiti’s Cap-Haitien airport had not been cancelled.

JetBlue Airways Corp also cancelled its flights to Haiti on Sunday.

Haiti’s Commerce and Economic ministries announced on Friday that it would lower fuel subsidies in a bid to generate more tax revenue to better fund government services, which translated to a 38 per cent jump for gasoline and 47 per cent for diesel.

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