Aristide supporters attack foes
PORT-AU-PRINCE -- (AP) -- Supporters of President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide of Haiti shot into the air and threw rocks on
Wednesday at opposition partisans who were gathering for a protest.
About a dozen government supporters shouted ``Aristide or death!''
as they attacked the 40 opposition protesters gathered on a
street corner in suburban Petionville.
The protesters briefly threw rocks back, but fled into a nearby park and side streets when the shots rang out.
Police detained five opposition partisans, according to opposition
leaders. Among those detained was a man hit in the head by a
rock. It was unclear if his injuries were serious. No one else was hurt. The police declined to comment.
The opposition charged Aristide's Lavalas Family party organized
the attack to stop the protest. ``While Aristide is implanting his
dictatorship, he will not tolerate any opposition demonstration,'' said opposition leader Evans Paul.
But Lavalas Sen. Gerald Gilles said it could not be assumed the attackers were Lavalas backers.
About 100 opposition partisans marched without incident Wednesday
in Petit Goave, about 34 miles west of the capital,
The protests were called by the 15-party Convergence opposition
alliance to protest what they say is Aristide's stifling of
democracy in Haiti.
Five civilians, all Convergence members or supporters, are still
being held on suspicion of involvement in July 28 attacks carried out
by armed men on four police facilities.