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Police Break Up Pro-Aristide March in Haiti - 2004-05-19


Riot police in Haiti have used tear gas and fired warning shots to disperse thousands of people who marched in Port-au-Prince to demand the return of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Police took action Tuesday as the protest march neared the National Palace. The Associated Press says one person was killed during the demonstration, which was pegged to Haiti's Flag Day.

The pro-Aristide march comes nearly three months after an armed revolt forced President Aristide to resign and flee the country.

Mr. Aristide, who is in currently in Jamaica, says he was forced out of office by the United States and France - an accusation both countries have denied.

The former president is expected to travel to South Africa, which says it will provide him with a temporary home.

South African officials have said Mr. Aristide's temporary stay does not include granting him permanent asylum.