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Two Haitian presidential candidates injured in protest, a third threatened with arrest | Miami Herald


Benoit says he was hit in his head, and three other places by rubber bullets. He alleges, however, that real bullets were also fired by cops.“It’s like its 2003 all over again,” he said referring to the era when anti-government protests eventually forced the departure of then President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. “[President Michel] Martelly thought we could not put 10,000 people out into the streets and now they see, we are for real and they are panicking.”Opposition presidential candidates have organized supporters to demand the cancellation of the election or removal of government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise, who is set to face Jude Célestin in a Dec. 27 runoff .Haiti National Police spokesman Frantz Lerebours said police were “obligated to break up the protest” because they approached “a sterile zone,” the CEP’s Petionville headquarters. He could not confirm if real bullets were fired, but usually blanks are used, he said.

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