Education grievances spark Haitian rioting
May 15, 1997
Web posted at: 10:19 p.m. EDT (0219 GMT)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CNN) -- Students and other
demonstrators occupying a high school threw firebombs at
police Thursday on the fourth day of protests demanding
improvements in education.
Police fired back with tear gas and bullets. Several people
were wounded. The rioting spread to downtown streets, where
protesters torched cars and a courthouse.
In a separate, peaceful demonstration, about 200 striking
teachers and supporters marched through the capital,
demanding an 82 percent wage hike. Haiti's largest teachers'
union did not participate, claiming the protest was actually
advancing the political agenda of former President
Private schools in Port-au-Prince closed Thursday out of
concern that public school students would attack their
facilities. About half of the school-age children in Haiti do
not attend school, because their families cannot afford it.
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