Haiti President Jovenel Moise defiant amid deadly protests and calls for his resignation

People run from tear gas as police disperse demonstrators near the National Palace in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday.

(CNN)Haitian President Jovenel Moise has rejected calls for his resignation and promised unspecified economic measures after more than a week of deadly anti-government protests.

His administration rocked by soaring inflation and accusations of corruption, Moise said he will not allow the country to fall into the hands of criminals and urged dialogue to end a recent wave of violent demonstrations in the capital of Port-au-Prince.
Moise's stance came as the United States issued a "Do not travel" advisory to the island and Canada made plans to evacuate more than 100 of its citizens from a resort in Haiti.
    For more than a week, protesters have set cars ablaze and clashed with police amid gasoline shortages, reports of widespread looting, and demands that Moise and Prime Minister Jean-Henry Céant step down.
      Several people have been killed, according to local media reports. CNN hasn't been able to independently confirm the number of protest-related fatalities.
      A firefighter extinguishes a car fire at the offices of Television Nationale d'Haiti during protests in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday.
      Haiti has seen bursts of deadly demonstrations since July, following a government-imposed fuel hike, prompting the US Embassy to warn citizens to stay off the streets. At the time, Céant replaced former Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant, who resigned in mid-July before an expected parliamentary vote of no confidence.
      Demonstrators were out on the streets of the Haitian capital Tuesday.
      Late Thursday, Moise was defiant to calls for him to step down.
        "I will not leave the country in the hands of armed gangs and drug traffickers," he said in a speech broadcast on national television and live streamed on Facebook.
        "I will never betray you," the President added, urging the Haitian people to support him and vowing unspecified economic measures "to relieve our pain."
        Organization of American States Secretary Luis Almagro met with Haitian Minister of Foreign Affairs Bocchit Edmond in Washington on Thursday to discuss the protests.
        "We call upon all actors to fully participate in the dialogue process, to respect the democratic process, and to resort to peaceful ways to solve conflicts," Almagro tweeted.
        The US State Department on Thursday issued a Level 4 "Do not travel" travel advisory for Haiti, citing "crime and civil unrest" and "widespread, violent, and unpredictable demonstrations in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in Haiti."
        The State Department ordered all "non-emergency US personnel and their families" to leave Haiti, saying the country has "limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in Haiti."
        Haitian police arrest demonstrators during clashes in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday.