Haiti Blood in the Ballot Box

Violence halts an election, and a frustrated nation seethes at the military

Slowly, tentatively, life returned to the streets of Haiti. Frightened citizens climbed out from beneath their beds. Uneasy merchants reopened their shops for limited hours. From hiding, election officials fired off defiant messages. But the activity could not disguise the deep psychic toll taken by the election-day violence that left at least 50 people dead and dozens wounded last week. In Port-au-Prince, the capital, hundreds of Haitians packed their meager belongings and fled to the countryside. At the Basilica Notre Dame, the usual crowd of devout worshipers was missing. Instead, a few beggars haunted the steps. It was as if Haitians...

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