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20,000 protest in Haiti's capital

Violent unrest escalated in Haiti yesterday and opposition forces turned to neighbouring countries for help, with pressure mounting on beleaguered President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to resign. But as long as Washington and Ottawa do not intervene, he will likely survive as leader — at least in the short term, analysts said. In one of the largest demonstrations for months in Port-au-Prince, more than 20,000 people marched in support of Mr. Aristide in the face of calls for his ouster. Meanwhile, for the second time in three days, police prevented anti-Aristide demonstrators from marching by firing tear gas into the university grounds where students and other protesters had gathered.Full Story

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