Several Thousand in Haiti March in 2 Protests

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  • PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Several thousand Haitians marched in parallel protests on Friday in the Caribbean nation’s capital.

    One group was protesting what its members saw as political interference by the U.S. and carried a banner that asked President Barack Obama to stop supporting Haitian President Michel Martelly.

    That protest reached a peak of a few thousand people but shrank to about 1,000 as it approached the U.S. Embassy.

    Riot police blocked the area with barricades. Protesters responded by taking a back route to reach the embassy compound where they met police with tear gas. The demonstrators set fire to discarded tires and broke the windows of homes and cars with rocks.

    Police officers were seen taking four demonstrators into custody following the disturbance. A police spokesman couldn’t be reached for comment to see if they had actually been arrested.

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