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a830: Legislator's shooting touches off Haiti protests (fwd)
From: Greg Chamberlain <GregChamberlain@compuserve.com>
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Demonstrators in Haiti's coastal
city of Gonaives set up flaming street barricades on Monday, demanding
police find the killers of a government legislator shot to death over the
The demonstrators threatened to disrupt traffic in and out of
Gonaives, Haiti's third-largest city, until the killers of Marc Andre
Durogene, Gonaives deputy in the Caribbean nation's lower house, were
A member of the Lavalas Family party of Haitian President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Durogene was killed by two gunmen on Sunday while
sitting in a car in traffic, according to Haitian National Police commissar
Investigators have taken Durogene's bodyguards into custody and were
questioning them about their failure to react to the shootings in
Port-au-Prince, according to Francois. Police said the shooting followed a
brief argument between the bodyguards and the gunmen.
Durogene's shooting is just the latest instance of political violence
in Haiti, where a bitter two-year struggle continues between Aristide and
the opposition Convergence coalition over disputed legislative elections.
The National Palace issued a communique late on Sunday describing the
shooting as "an assassination," while the opposition Democratic Convergence
condemned the attack as a murder reflecting political tensions in Haiti.
"This killing is the consequence of the political and security
degradation of the country," said spokesman Micha Gaillard of Democratic