Haitians clash with UN
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Hundreds of protestors Wednesday hurled stones and other objects at United Nations peacekeepers calling for their removal from the French Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.
The protestors were also angry over the alleged sexual assault of an 18-year-old man by Uruguayan soldiers who are members of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission (MINUSTAH) here.
Haitians have also accused Nepalese soldiers with the MINUSTAH) of spreading cholera that has been blamed for the deaths of more than 5,000 people since the first case was recorded last October.
Haitian police fired teargas to disperse the demonstrators, many of whom fled into the Champ de Mars, the park that became a huge encampment of tents and shanties following the January 2010 earthquake.
The UN troops have been here since 2004 after the then president Jean Bertrand Aristide was forced into exile in South Africa by violent demonstrations.
Aristide has since returned to the country.
President Michel Martelly is expected to ask for a renewal of the U.N. mission’s mandate, which expires next month.