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Haiti Police Scared to Patrol Cap-Haitien

Haiti’s government rebuffed proposals that President Jean-Bertrand Aristide step down to end a bloody uprising, while rebels threatened the Caribbean nation’s second-largest city. Aristide’s militant defenders, meanwhile, vowed to take a stand against the 2-week-old rebellion that has killed some 60 people and has attracted leaders with murderous backgrounds. “We have machetes and guns, and we will resist,” said carpenter Pierre Frandley. “The police might have been scared, but the people got together and organized. … We blocked the streets.” Police took refuge in their stations, making clear they were too scared to patrol the streets of Cap-Haitien amid fears that rebels already have infiltrated the northern port and more were headed that way. The rebels have chased police from more than a dozen towns and cut supply lines to northern Haiti from Port-au-Prince, the capital to the south, and from the western Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. Full Story

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