Protests by supporters of ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide

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Protests by supporters of ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Post by Tidodo » Mon Feb 12, 2007 6:48 am

From the Haiti Support Group Website
[quote]7 February - Hundreds of supporters of ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide protested outside the UN military mission in the capital Wednesday, demanding the exiled leader's return and accusing blue-helmeted troops of killing civilians. Protesters shouted “Down with the UN!” as they marched from a downtown slum and gathered outside the UN mission's hilltop headquarters, where they shouted at UN soldiers and Haitian police guarding the fortified complex. “We want the international community to hear our voice when we say we want Aristide back,” Jacques Bloncourt, 48, said as he held aloft a photograph of the deposed leader, who is currently in exile in South Africa. Many of the protesters came from the seaside slum Cité Soleil, where gunmen and UN troops clash almost daily. The protesters said civilians are often killed in gunbattles started by UN troops and accused President René Préval of allowing it to happen. “President Préval lets them kill us,” Cité Soleil resident Fredrick Dubois said. (AP)[/quote]

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