1 dead after Haitian police and protesters engage in gunbattle on capital’s outskirts

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A gunbattle broke out between police and protesters before dawn Friday, and a 30-year-old Haitian was killed, authorities said.

National Police spokesman Frantz Lerebours said the clash began when 20 to 30 people set fire to tires and fired weapons on an avenue on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince around 2 a.m. He said it wasn’t clear if the victim was hit by police bullets.

Fourteen protesters were arrested, Lerebours said.

The remnants of burned tires were seen in at least three different neighbourhoods in the Haitian capital later in the day.

“I woke up this morning and people were burning tires. I don’t know why,” said Roger Jean de Lance, 21, who lives in a tent camp near where the shooting occurred.

Some people said the protests might have been in reaction to an investigation by the Organization of American States into the results of the Nov. 28 election.

A year after a devastating earthquake, politically fragile Haiti has seen riots over allegations of fraud during the voting.

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