September 11, 1997 |
Hundreds of people mourning those killed in a ferry disaster blocked the main highway, building barricades of burning tires to protest delays in recovering dozens of bodies from the wreck. More than 250 people are believed to have died when the ferry capsized off Montrouis. The U.S. Navy took over the recovery effort from Canadian divers with the U.N. peacekeeping force in Haiti.
July 29, 1997 |
Demonstrators in the capital, Port-au-Prince, burned tires and threw rocks at United Nations peacekeepers, and many Haitians stayed home in response to a call for a general strike to protest the presence of foreign troops. "Hit the road! Go home!" onlookers yelled at passing Canadian U.N. peacekeepers. The call by grass-roots political organizations was respected to varying degrees throughout the country, but there were no reports of serious violence or injuries. The U.N.
April 7, 1997 |
In a silent protest against unrelenting hardship and poverty, Haitians stayed away in huge numbers from Senate and local elections in the poorest country in the Americas. The undeclared boycott of the fifth election in Haiti since a military regime was ousted in 1994 showed a deep disillusionment with the country's politics and frustration that life is getting even more difficult. A low turnout had been expected, but foreign observers were surprised by how few people voted.
October 16, 1995 |
Demonstrators stoned Tipper Gore's motorcade as it arrived at a health center in a Haitian slum Sunday, but officials said her vehicle was not hit. Eyewitnesses said demonstrators broke the windows of two vehicles in the motorcade. A U.S. Army major was cut in the head. A U.S. official in Haiti said the demonstration by slum dwellers in Cite Soleil was against the director of the U.S.-funded health center. It was not planned and Mrs. Gore was not in danger, the official said. Mrs.
April 1, 1995 |
The speeches by the leaders standing in the shade of a Presidential Palace awning were warm and confident. But for those sweating in the sun-seared street, the words stirred concern and uncertainty. Most of the signs circulating through the relatively sparse crowd Friday echoed the sentiment on one professionally produced placard: "You made the right move, Bill. Thank you."
December 26, 1994 |
Fights broke out among 1,500 children waiting for refreshments at a Christmas Day party thrown by Jean-Bertrand Aristide at the Presidential Palace. The children grew restless as they waited for the president, who was scheduled to greet them at 3 p.m. but didn't emerge from the palace until 6. Aristide appeared at the top of the palace steps and spoke briefly using a microphone before returning inside.