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UN Peacekeepers, Haitian Police Arrest 75 in Sweep - 2004-10-07


U.N. peacekeepers and Haitian police say 75 people have been arrested during a sweep aimed at curtailing violence in the capital city of Port-au-Prince.

Troops surrounded the Bel-Air district, a stronghold of supporters of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and searched vehicles and residents for weapons. Police officials say they found no weapons during the operation Wednesday.

The sweep followed a day of violence in Port-au-Prince, in which a former soldier was decapitated. Militant Aristide supporters claimed responsibility, and have threatened to kidnap and behead Americans in the city.

At least a dozen people have died since late last week, when Aristide supporters began violent protests demanding his return. Mr. Aristide was ousted in February during a rebel uprising. He is in exile in South Africa.

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