Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN)Protesters in Haiti's capital have taken the day to gather food, water and fuel, pressing pause on deadly demonstrations that have been calling for President Jovenel Moise's resignation.
Haiti protesters take the day to gather food and water as they prepare for more possible conflict
Moise, whose administration was tied to soaring inflation and accusations of corruption, has declined to step down. An announcement from the prime minister was set to come later Saturday.
In one of Port-au-Prince's main business districts, usually bustling with shoppers on a Saturday, civilians were scrambling for food and water.
The city was resting in a tense calm, bearing the scars of the past nine days of violence -- and Haitians were lying low in anticipation of the prime minister's announcement.
Remnants of burning tires are scattered across the city. Rocks that once blocked roads have been pushed outside.
Activist Daphne Valmond Bourgoin said the protesters' frustration is "extremely high." Saturday was just a "pause," she said, until civilians can gather their basic needs.
Throngs of civilians were waiting to grab jugs of water from the municipal trucks that have visited many neighborhoods, while others were getting their water from generous private residents, passing along what they have through hoses.
Some grocery stores are still open -- but food is too expensive to buy.
Haitians mutter words of anger and defiance as they wait in line.
Most are demanding a do-over in the country's system, constitution and lea