Hundreds of people, including political activists, gang members and children, danced to the blaring of horns and banging of drums toward two UN armoured personnel carriers at the edge of Cite Soleil, then veered off toward the sea without confronting the troops who patrol the slum's perimeter.
Organizers said they feared UN peacekeeping troops would soon attack Cite Soleil, a warren of bullet-riddled shanties with raw sewage flowing in trash-clogged canals.
The peacekeepers are under pressure to take more aggressive measures against slum gangs authorities have blamed for a wave of kidnappings in the Haitian capital.
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“The population is standing up to say ‘No' to UN persecution in Cite Soleil,” said John Joel Joseph, an activist for Lavalas, the political party of ousted Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
“Every day, we are counting dead bodies.”
On Wednesday, shooting broke out between the two sides after nightfall, aid workers and residents said.
One of the wounded was a 12-year-old girl who was shot in the thigh. On Thursday, she was sprawled on a dingy mat in the shade of a concrete wall, shielding her eyes from the blazing sun.
Sushil Kujur, who works at a Missionaries of Charity clinic at the edge of the slum, said workers treated seven people with gunshot wounds, including a man who was shot in the abdomen and died on the way to a hospital. Another 10 people were treated by the Belgian and French sections of the aid group Médécins sans frontieres, officials said.
The aid groups said they couldn't be certain where the gunfire came from.
Mr. Kujur said his clinic has treated about 70 people for gunshot wounds in the last four months, including 10 who later died and some were not involved in clashes with UN troops.
“They are hitting innocent people,” he said.
UN spokesman Damian Onses-Cardona said he did not have any information on the violence.
Cite Soleil, home to some 300,000 people, is a stronghold for supporters of Mr. Aristide, who was forced to flee the country following a rebellion nearly two years ago, and of René Preval, a one-time ally of the ousted president who is considered the front-runner in the Feb. 7 presidential election.
Meanhwhile, Onses-Cardona said a preliminary investigation has confirmed the Brazilian commander of UN troops in Haiti, who was found shot dead Saturday, had committed suicide.
The UN soldiers in Haiti, that are being forced to operate at the beheast of Canada, France, America, and the corrupt business elites of Haiti seem to show that the UN is following into line with the U.S which is totally sad.
With the Brazilian commander killed, under suicide, not confirmed independently, they can now attack slums at the request of the corrupt elite.