Even though Americans and other peace keeping troops are in Haiti, the country remains in a crisis.
On Tuesday, officials announced that U.S. forces will join Haitian police in disarming the population.
On Wednesday, the number of Haitians killed by U.S. forces grew to four with the announcement that Marines shot Haitians who allegedly opened fire
near outgoing Prime Minister Yvon Neptune's home. Two others were killed since Sunday, including a driver who sped up while approaching a checkpoint
and a gunman who opened fire on an anti-Aristide demonstration.
A shootout between police and protesters killed two men and injured seven during a demonstration in support of Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson announced Thursday that Aristide and his wife will be arriving in Jamaica for a brief stay in order to be
reunited with their two daughters, who were sent to New York before Aristide left Haiti on Feb. 29.
Former Haitian exile Gerard Latortue a Palm Beach, Florida resident was sworn in Friday as the country's prime minister with plans to unite the
country. Latortue warned that Aristide's plan to return to nearby Jamaica early next week was ratcheting tensions in the Haitian capital, and he
told the Jamaican leader that hosting Aristide would be seen as "an unfriendly act."
Meanwhile, Aristide will be filing a lawsuit alledging that Secretary of State Colin Powell and Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, as well as the
United States' second-ranked diplomat in Haiti, Luis Moreno, and Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega plotted to overthrow him and then
abducted both him and his wife.
On Friday, U.S. led peacekeepers said Marines came under fire at an industrial park producing garments for American companies. No injuries were
reported. However rampant killings are happening in the slums and other areas where there is no police or military presence. Relief aid workers do
not even venture into the slum, where need is most desperate, they rely on intermediaries to deliver food and medicine. Reaction from the Haitians
are stilled mixed.
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Aristide to file suit against U.S.
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[Edited on 3-13-2004 by worldwatcher]