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Hooded gangs attacked a large demonstration against election fraud today in the Haitian capital. A group of about 20 hooded men in a white pickup (license plate 1-00692), armed with machetes, pipes, hammers and guns, attacked marchers in the Delmas 95 district while police turned a blind eye, according to radio reports.One marcher was wounded in the head by a machete, AP reported. In the Delmas 40 district, a young man in the march was shot and killed by a unit reportedly affiliated with the national police of outgoing President Michel Martelly.Haitians, determined to thwart what they see as an ongoing “electoral coup d’état,” have been in the streets almost daily in their tens of thousands since the Oct. 25 first round presidential elections. There were huge demonstrations, punctuated by police firing into the crowd, wounding several, on Nov. 18, anniversary of Haiti’s defeat of the armies of Napoleon at the Battle of Vertières in 1803, which paved the way for independence from France and abolition of plantation slavery on the island.

Source: San Francisco Bay View

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