A main street is relatively empty in Delmas due to a general strike in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, early Monday, July 9, 2018. A nationwide, general strike and protest has been called for Monday to demand the resignation of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise after his government agreed to reduce subsidies for fuel as part of an assistance package with the International Monetary Fund. The government suspended the fuel hike after widespread violence broke out on Friday and over the weekend. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

PORT-AU-PRINCE — A strike by mini-bus and taxi drivers and the closure of most businesses has brought calm to much of the Haitian capital after three days of violent protests and looting sparked by a government plan to raise fuel prices.

The strike made it impossible for most Haitians to get to school or work and the streets of Port-au-Prince were largely deserted.

Still, protesters gathered in some areas and clashed with police. 

Protesters in recent days have looted stores and set up fiery barricades in the streets.

Burned cars sit parked outside a burned and looted Delimart supermarket complex after two days of protests against a planned hike in fuel prices in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, July 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Protests erupted Friday hours before the government-set price of fuel was to rise by up to 50%. The government canceled the increase amid protests that left several people dead and prompted airlines to cancel flights to the impoverished country.

AP