One killed during student protest

Published: Sunday | November 18, 2012 Comments 0
Haitian President Michel Martelly, right, with former Haitian President René Preval recently.
Haitian President Michel Martelly, right, with former Haitian President René Preval recently.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP):An unidentified man was shot dead last Friday while students staged another demonstration in a week of small but raucous street protests in the capital's downtown.

Frantz Lerebours, spokesman for Haiti's police force, said the young man was killed when a "civilian" hopped off the back of a passing motorcycle in the heart of Port-au-Prince and shot the victim. He said police were searching for the killer.

Police made one arrest on charges of public disturbance during the protest, Lerebours said.

The arrest brought the week's total of arrests to three, for the same charges.

The slaying happened near a university campus where students have been protesting over a prison guard's alleged fatal shooting of a 24-year-old graduate student just over one week ago.

The man shot last Friday appeared to be in his early 20s and was taken a few blocks to the emergency room at General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Judge Gabriel Ambroise said the victim wasn't carrying any identification and had three bullet wounds, including one to the chest.

Worried mothers, sisters and others showed up at the hospital to see if they might know the young man.

About a dozen police detectives also arrived to see if they could learn more about what happened.

un denies responsibility

Protesters had accused troops from the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission of possibly being responsible for the death. UN officials denied that.

One demonstrator, Julien Marc Elie, said he saw UN troops fire their weapons in the direction of protesters.

A spokeswoman for the UN peacekeeping mission, Yasmina Bouziane, disputed that the troops at the protest fired their weapons.

"Minustah didn't fire at all," she said, referring to the force by its French acronym.

Protesters responded to the shooting by burning a van parked outside the university and setting fire to barricades of tyres.

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