1 dead after police, protesters clash in Haiti

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 15, 2011 06:24

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti  — A gunbattle broke about between police and protesters before dawn Friday, and a 30-year-old Haitian was killed, authorities said.

National Police spokesman Frantz Lerebours said the clash began when 20 to 30 people set fire to tires and fired weapons on an avenue on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. He said it wasn't clear if the victim was hit by police bullets.

Fourteen protesters were arrested, Lerebours said.

The remnants of burned tires were seen in at least three different neighborhoods in the Haitian capital later in the day.

"I woke up this morning and people were burning tires. I don't know why," said Roger Jean de Lance, 21, who lives in a tent camp near where the shooting occurred.

Some people said the protests might have been in reaction to an investigation by the Organization of American States into the results of the Nov. 28 election.


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