Haiti Bloodshed Blocks a Ballot

All night long Port-au-Prince was rocked with the sound of mortar and machine- gun fire. It was not a good preparation for Haiti's first free presidential election in 30 years, scheduled to take place the next day. The home of at least one election official was hit with mortar shells, and more than 20 people died in Port-au-Prince and other cities during the night.

Nonetheless, at 6 a.m. on Sunday hundreds of people lined up at polls around the country. Tiny paper flags and balloons decorated the voting areas, and some crowds gaily sang religious songs. But soon wandering mobs were...

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