PORT-AU-PRINCE, Dec 5 (Reuters) – About a dozen university students

were wounded by rocks and bullets on Friday when they gathered at the

National University of Haiti to call for President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s

resignation, witnesses say.

     Some 300 students had planned to march from the university but decided

to stay within the school’s gates when confronted by a group of at least

100 the president’s supporters, some armed with rocks, guns and batons,

witnesses said.

     Aristide and opposition parties have been at odds for years over

results of tainted parliamentary elections in May 2000. The political

stalemate has foiled attempts to hold elections this year in Haiti, the

poorest country in the Americas.

     The capital has been struck in recent weeks by a series of

anti-Aristide demonstrations that turned violent. Aristide’s opponents have

accused his administration of corruption and suppressing dissent.

     Local journalists who witnessed Friday’s violence said students called

for help from police and diplomats but the group outside the gate

eventually broke through a wall and stormed the school, beating up several


     Two university officials were among those hurt in the melee and the

counter-demonstrators smashed the windshields of more than a dozen cars,

witnesses said.

     Roudy Bertholomieux, Haitian National Police director for the Western

department, said following the incident that police had intervened to

protect the students and had arrested about a dozen people.