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Haiti's opposition distances self from armed rebels as new protests begin

The political crisis threatening to unravel Haiti’s social fabric continued, with new protests in the capital city against the government of beleaguered President Jean Bertrand Aristide. The opposition held a peaceful protest Sunday in the capital Port-au-Prince, repeating its call for Aristide’s resignation. About 1,000 people supported the rally which was mainly peaceful, but police fired tear gas at one group of protestors. Some 200 protesters who had put roadblocks in the streets were also dispersed by police, who arrested four people. Protestors shouted slogans demanding Aristide step down from office. Full Story

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