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2 Killed in Haiti Protests - 2003-12-23


At least two people are dead from clashes during Monday's anti-government demonstrations in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.

Authorities say unknown gunmen opened fired into crowds of protesters, killing one person.

Police say another person was killed when authorities shot at a vehicle that was speeding toward the protesters. Reports say police may have killed a bystander in that incident.

Several people were injured in other incidents.

Thousands of people crowded the streets of Port-au-Prince on Monday calling for the ouster of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Haiti has been mired in political turmoil since 2000, when the Lavalas Party swept to power in elections that the opposition says were rigged. Haiti has lost international aid as a result.

Critics say President Aristide is to blame for the country's economic and political troubles. The president says he intends to serve out his term, which ends in 2006.

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