In a setback to opposition forces, only about 1,000 protesters took part Sunday in what had been billed as major rally designed to force embattled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide into resigning from office two years before the end of his term. Chanting “Aristide must go,” the crowd of students, merchants and others danced and strode down one of the capital city’s thoroughfares before ending the rally 90 minutes later in confusion when some opposition leaders tried to steer the march away from a pro-Aristide neighborhood. Dozens of radical anti-Aristide students and others pressed on before being stopped by police, who fired gunshots into the air and tear gas to disperse pro- and anti-government militants. The rival groups briefly hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails but there were no reports of serious injuries. Full Story
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