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Few Thousand in Haiti March in Parallel Protests
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Several thousand Haitians marched in parallel protests on Friday in the Caribbean nation's capital.
One group reached a peak of a few thousand people but shrank to about 1,000 as it approached the U.S. Embassy. The protesters were decrying what they saw as political interference.
Riot police blocked the area with barricades and moved in an armored vehicle with a water cannon. Demonstrators responded by taking a back route to reach the embassy compound where they met police with tear gas. The protesters set on fire discarded tires and broke the windows of homes and cars with rocks.
A second group of about 600 people led by opposition leader Maryse Narcisse placed a flower Friday morning in a school yard to mark the anniversary of an election day massacre 26 years ago.
Some of the protesters displayed banners supporting former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his Lavalas Family party, which Narcisse helms.
Haiti has seen a spike in protests in recent months, with a few of them turning violent.
Demonstrators have objected to the rising cost of living, government waste and corruption and the long delay of legislative and local elections.
Aristide's political party has said it wants to run in the elections.