Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Haiti police prevent anti-government protesters from reaching U.S. Embassy

Protesters in Haiti, who demanded the departure of President Michel Martelly and decried U.S. political interference, were stopped short of their goal of reaching the U.S. Embassy Friday to air their grievances.

Angry, some started throwing rocks at Haitian National Police and United Nations troops. Police fired warning shorts and tear gas, quelling the protest on the 26th anniversary of a bloody election-day massacre in which dozens of voters were hacked and shot to death at a Port-au-Prince high school by soldiers and gunmen.

The Nov. 29, 1987 violence halted Haiti’s first free and fair general elections following the 1986 departure of dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier.

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