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Police Open Fire on Haiti Protesters, 3 Killed
Feb. 28, 2005 - Three people were killed on Monday when Haitian police opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators protesting the ouster of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide a year ago, witnesses and officials said.
Chanting "Aristide for life," thousands of protesters marched in the Bel-Air slum to demand the return of the exiled president, who fled Haiti on Feb. 29 in the face of a bloody rebellion by street gangs and former soldiers and under pressure from the United States and France.
Police began shooting as the demonstrators rounded a corner at an intersection, scattering the panicked crowd.
Witnesses said a woman was killed and an official at the city's morgue said two male victims were transported there from the protest.
At least 28 people have been killed in Port-au-Prince slums in the past five days, bringing the death toll to 278 since September. Three soldiers from a Brazilian-led U.N. peacekeeping force were wounded by gunfire last week, according to U.N. officials.
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