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Pro-Aristide Riots Erupt for Second Day in Haiti - 2004-10-02


Violence erupted in Haiti Friday, as supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide took to the streets for a second straight day, demanding his return.

Witnesses say the Aristide supporters fired shots in the air, smashed car windows and blocked streets in Port-au-Prince. The protesters ordered street vendors to stay home, leaving normally crowded marketplaces empty.

Authorities also say the headless bodies of three police officers were found in other parts of the country. The Associated Press reports the officers were abducted Thursday as police and protesters clashed.

Thursday marked the 13th anniversary of a 1991 military coup against Mr. Aristide, who returned as Haiti's president in 1994 and completed his term.

He was re-elected in 2000, but was ousted from power in February and is now living in exile in South Africa.