Préval calls for disaster relief group
By Sheldon Alberts, Canwest News Service, with files from Agence France-Presse
Ottawa Citizen, March 11, 2010
On Wednesday [March 10], former U.S. president Bill Clinton said he fears a new wave
of deaths in Haiti stemming from poor sanitary conditions in the wake of the
devastating January earthquake....
Meanwhile, residents of one of the homeless camps blocked a road in
Port-au-Prince in protest at a lack of food deliveries.
Around 50 demonstrators from the camp laid rocks and garbage bins across the
road and stopped traffic near a busy intersection for around half an hour before
Haitian police and French peacekeepers arrived.
One Haitian officer whacked a protester hard with his extendible baton while
others, some carrying shotguns, pushed the crowd to one side and cleared the
One resident was briefly arrested and handcuffed, to the fury of others. Police
eventually released him, but left him in handcuffs in the camp, which is located
in the Petionville neighbourhood of the capital.
Police cleared the road and directed traffic through while the camp residents
pleaded that they had not received food for weeks.
Some of the protesters said an aid truck had come early Wednesday but was
inexplicably turned away by Haitian officials.