Saturday, April 05, 2008

Statement from UN

This is from a U.N. Briefing yesterday:


  • The situation in the Haitian town of Les Cayes remains tense following yesterday's demonstration against the rising cost of living which turned violent after a small group attacked the local UN office.

  • That’s according to the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, which adds that some protesters broke into the UN compound, ignoring warning shots from UN peacekeepers, pillaged two containers, and damaged the main entry gate. They also burned shops in the town, threw rocks and fired weapons at UN peacekeepers during the night. No UN employees were hurt in the incident.

  • The Mission says it has sent reinforcements to Les Cayes, flying in more than 100 additional peacekeepers. The Mission’s top police officials are now in Les Cayes to oversee UN police operations and coordinate with the Haitian police.

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