Haiti: A Hungry and Bolder Populace

"Down with misery and hunger!" the crowd shouted as it stormed through the northern coastal city of Cap-Haïtien last week, demanding an end to police brutality and clamoring for more food. Hundreds of people blocked the town's entrance with boulders and then marched on the police and army headquarters. Government forces responded by firing into the crowd. The toll: three dead and more than a dozen wounded. It was only the latest clash in the most serious outbreak of social unrest in 27 years.

The violence coincides with efforts by President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier, 32, to respond to U.S. pressure to...

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