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UN Peacekeepers Fire on Protesters in Haiti

UN Peacekeepers Fire on Protesters in Haiti;
2 Killed, 4 Wounded

Montreal Gazette

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — UN peacekeepers opened fire Monday on Haitians protesting election results, killing at least one and wounding four, witnesses said as flaming roadblocks paralyzed the capital.

Hundreds of screaming demonstrators elsewhere stormed into an upscale hotel housing an electoral office in the hills above Port-au-Prince and helicopters landed on the roof to evacuate guests.

Associated Press journalists saw the body of a man in the street in the Tabarre neighbourhood, a T-shirt bearing the image of leading candidate Rene Preval soaked in blood.

Witnesses said Jordanian UN peacekeepers opened fire on them, killing two and wounding four. The body of the second victim was not at the scene.

Protesters have alleged the electoral commission is manipulating the vote count to prevent leading candidate Rene Preval, a one-time protege of ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, from winning a first-round victory in this battered and poor Caribbean country.