Police Fire Tear Gas at
By MICHAEL NORTON, Associated Press Writer
The violence came as two
About 100 students were wrapping up an anti-government protest when government supporters began throwing rocks and bottles at them, witnesses and Haitian radio reports said. Students picked up the rocks and threw them back.
No serious injuries were reported, but independent Radio Vision 2000 said police detained five students.
The students had demonstrated outside a courthouse where Luckmane Delille, a protest leader, was being questioned about violence during an anti-government march last month.
“Justice for Luckmane!” the students chanted.
He has not been charged in the Jan. 18 protest, when unidentified gunmen opened fire from a car and wounded one man, a bystander.
The government and opposition have been in a deadlock since 2000 legislative elections that observers said were flawed. The opposition has refused to participate in elections unless President Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns, but he says he won’t step down until his term ends in 2006.
At least 51 people have been killed since mid-September in clashes between police, protesters and Aristide supporters.