PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Hundreds of mourners

escorted the coffins of three young men allegedly killed by police to the

gates of Haiti’s National Palace on Wednesday, demanding that President

Jean-Bertrand Aristide step down.

     Brothers Andy Philippe, 20, Angelo Philippe, 22, and Vladimir Sanon,

21, were taken from their home in the capital’s Carrefour section on the

night of Dec. 7 by masked, heavily armed men dressed in uniforms of the

Haitian National Police, relatives and human rights groups said.

     The three were later found dead of gunshot wounds, their bodies dumped

in the morgue of the capital’s General Hospital.

     Relatives and neighbors said they recognized the masked men’s voices

as those of neighborhood police officers.

     “No to impunity! No to insecurity! We demand justice!” the Rev. Max

Dominique said during the funeral service at the capital’s Christ Roi

cathedral on Wednesday.

     As the three coffins were placed in hearses, white-clad mourners

collapsed, wailing and convulsing with grief. The hearses and hundreds of

mourners proceeded through the capital to the gates of the National Palace,

where the mourners shouted “We’ve had enough!” and demanded that Aristide

step down.

     Critics say the killings were the result of a “zero tolerance” policy

against crime announced by Aristide in 2001. They say the policy has given

police a green light to kill or “disappear” government critics or anyone

involved in a personal feud with a police officer.

     “This was a summary execution by the police,” said Pierre Esperance,

director of the National Coalition for Haitian Rights. “We are demanding

the arrest of the police who took part in this.”

     A Haitian National Police report on the killings released this month

characterized them as a “crime of passion” but acknowledged the likelihood

of police involvement and recommended the arrest of two officers.

     The officers have not been arrested and are alleged by police to have

fled. The police chief of the Carrefour precinct has since been reassigned.

     Aristide, a former Roman Catholic priest, was first elected in 1990

but ousted in a coup months later. U.S. troops helped restore him to power

in 1994.