Haitian Police surround radio station          Oct 2

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October 2, 2004 3:13 PM

Haitian police surround radio station

Haiti Information Project (HIP)

Port au Prince, Haiti (HIP) - Units of the Haitian National Police (PNH) have blocked off Rue Chavannes in the capital and surrounded a local radio station. Earlier this morning three Lavalas representatives were interviewed on a radio program on Radio Caraibes FM about the violence of September 30 where four policemen were killed.

Former Deputy Rudy Hérivaux, former Lavalas Senator Yvon Feuillé, and former Lavalas Senator Gerald Gilles were heard on Radio Caraibes denouncing the violence and condemning the police for firing on unarmed demonstrators during an interview on the program Ramase. Before the end of the program heavily armed units of the PNH sealed off the neighborhood and announced their intention to arrest the three Lavalas leaders.

The police action was condemned by the management of Radio Caraibes stating that it "harms the reputation of the station and is an infringement of freedom of expression." In an apparent stand-off, the three Lavalas leaders remain in the radio station as the police continue to control the streets outside.