Haiti riots 311.
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Two top candidates in Haiti’s disputed presidential election are rejecting a
proposed recount, threatening to torpedo a compromise aimed at quelling days of
riots and violence over allegations the vote was rigged, their campaigns said
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The snub by No. 1 finisher Mirlande Manigat and by third-place
Michel Martelly leaves the impoverished nation dangerously volatile, with much
of the population rejecting the officially announced outcome of the November 28
election and many willing to protest with violence.
Only the ruling party
candidate, Jude Celestin, supports the electoral council’s offer to retabulate
tally sheets from thousands of polling stations around the Caribbean
Blockades and rock-throwing continued in a few areas, but
violence had largely subsided in most parts of the capital by Saturday and many
people rushed to reopened markets to stock up on food, water, fuel and other
supplies in fear that more protests could erupt again.
Israeli and Jewish aid workers were under strict orders to stay indoors, a day
after the violent riots broke out on the streets of Port-au-Prince and several
IsraAID workers in the town of Leogane, just west of the
capital, said that while things had quieted down, they weren’t taking any
“Since yesterday morning, things have been unstable in the
city,” Yuri Tsitrinbaum, head of the IsraAID-Tevel Be’Tzedek Mission to Leogane,
wrote in an e-mail on Thursday. “All public facilities closed, barricades on the
roads – burning tires, broken glass and stones. We have witnessed a
demonstration that was very aggressive.”
Judy Amit, the global director
of international development for the American Jewish Joint Distribution
Committee, spoke about the precautions taken to ensure the security of its staff
and partners on the ground in the troubled Caribbean country.
David Adom and Tel Hashomer Medical Center teams were given instructions to stay
in the hotel, where they are safe,” she said.
“The Israel Trauma
Coalition team, who we also work with, got stuck in New York because there were
no flights in or out of the country.”
Looking ahead, Amit said she hoped
the political situation would be resolved over Christmas.
there are new elections on January 15,” she said. “I imagine it might quieten
down during the holiday, as they are a deeply religious
Nonetheless, she said contingency plans were in place should the
situation deteriorate, and that her organization was following developments