Haitian police use rubber bullets after protests resume

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) –Haitian police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Friday to disperse around 200 protesters and mourners carrying the coffin of a man who died last week during anti-government riots.

Police marched near the National Palace in Haiti and relatives of the man and mourners, who left the coffin on the ground next to a smoke-filled gas canister, dispersed.

At least one man was wounded in the arm and neck.

Thousands have been demonstrating in the streets of Haiti’s main cities since February 7 to demand President Guévénène Moyes resign for taking charge of rising inflation, currency depreciation and alleged misuse of funds from an oil support program called Petro-Caribbean.

“Today we close the country again,” opposition leader Shiller Lloydor said at a church filled with people gathered to mourn the protesters who were killed last week. People then walked about a kilometer to the palace on drums.

Protesters say the protesters were among several people killed in the clashes. The government has not officially released the dead.

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