Haitian President Jovenel Moise has said he "will not leave the country in the hands of armed gangs and drug traffickers", amid continuing protests.
He broke his silence in a TV address after a week of violence in which at least seven people have been killed.
Protesters, who accuse Mr Moise of corruption, want his resignation.
Meanwhile, the US has ordered the departure of "all non-emergency US personnel and their family members" from Haiti.
In the past week, thousands of people have rallied in the capital Port-au-Prince and other cities, burning tyres and throwing stones at police.
A number of foreign tourists have been trapped in their hotels as the security situation deteriorates.
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