Thursday, July 5, 2007

So comforting...

Mon Jul 2, 6:48 PM ETPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A fire ravaged a marketplace in Haiti's capital,prompting a protest march Monday by hundreds of street vendors who accusedthe city government of setting the blaze to remove them from the area.The fire began Sunday night near Port-Au-Prince's cathedral, destroyingmerchandise including fruit, radios and televisions."We knew the mayor wanted to clean up this area and move the marketplace,but they never told us what day we should move," vendor Julio Alexis said.City officials did not immediately return calls for comment or make a publicstatement. Haitian police firing shots in the air broke up the demonstrationSome vendors said their sales at the market were their only source of income "Nothing remains," said TV repairman Philippe Audosit.People scrounged through the market's ruins Monday for aluminum and zincroofs, under the watch of police and U.N. soldiers.More than 80 percent of the 8.7 million residents live in poverty in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere

Yup. That's where my little brother is. Very good.


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