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Day of the Vigilante Stretches On Outside of Haitian Capital

After what the thugs did to his son, no punishment seemed harsh enough to Roland Lysias. Two months ago, loyalists of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide kidnapped his 21-year-old son, Junior, and tortured him, chopping off his hands and feet and poking out his eyes before burning his body, because he had supported a militant opposition group, Mr. Lysias said. So on Wednesday, when an armed band of vigilantes found the man he said was responsible for his son’s death, a pro-Aristide militant known as Tiroro, he watched with satisfaction, he said, as they beat him unconscious, threw gasoline-doused tires around his neck and set him on fire. He described how the chanting and cheering crowd threw rocks at the man’s burning body, indifferent to his screams for mercy. Full Story

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