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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 27,1 993 -7
.Haitian parliament refuses to grant amnesty to coup leaders

Anger and unrest mount among citizens

as United Nations-imposed oil embargo causes devastatingly low gasoline supply

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP)
- Gun-toting soldiers barged past
waiting motorists to commandeer
dwindling gasoline supplies yester-
day, as a global oil embargo aimed
* restoring democracy squeezed
Haiti harder.
Parliament was again unable to
muster a quorum to pass laws that
could end the crisis. Lt. Gen. Raoul
Cedras, head of the military that
toppled President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide in 1991, wants the parlia-
mnsnt to grant an amnesty to those
iqvolved in murders since the coup.
Many legislators are in hiding at
%jme or abroad, afraid that anti-
Aristide thugs will kill them if they
appear in public.
Political violence blamed on the
rWing military, as well as the
nilitary's intransigence, has ham-
pored efforts to bring Aristide home
uderaU.N.-brokered accord signed
i4 July.
Under the agreement signed by
edras and Aristide, the military
chief was to have resigned last week,
while Aristide, the country's first
freely elected leader, is to return
.Read Dailey
Opwon

Saturday.
The United Nations imposed the
oil and arms embargo Oct. 18, after
Cedras showed growing unwilling-
ness to step down and military-
backed workers turned back a U.S.
ship carrying U.N. workers who
were to help implement the agree-
ment.
A U.S. Embassy spokesperson,
Stanley Schrager, yesterday char-
acterized the political efforts to re-
turn Aristide as "stymied."
Because of insufficient fuel, de-
liveries of drinkable water to the
capital's huge Cite Soleil slum were
cut by two-thirds yesterday.
Yesterday, armed thugs at one
station commandeered buckets of
gasoline then sold it nearby for $6 a
gallon. The only people seen leav-
ing the station with gasoline were
carrying guns.
Scattered shooting was reported
in some sections of the capital. Gun-
shots killed a 25-year-old woman
inside her home yesterday, inde-
pendent Radio Metropole reported.
Another man was found shot to death
on the streets of the Bel-Air neigh-

'They just want us to listen to their music, which
is machine guns.'
- Jules
resident of Gonaives, Haiti

uled return of Aristide. Fils would not
identify the three, saying: "That is
your job."
Several people in Gonaives said
the stations did not give such a mes-
sage and were guilty only of playing
Haitian music.
"They just want us to listen to their
music, which is machine guns," a city
resident, Jules, said by telephone. He
gave only his first name for fear of
retribution.
Since Aristide's ouster, mostrural
stations have been shutdown through

repression of lackofelectricity. Many
journalists are in hiding or outside the
country, and many still working prac-
tice self-censorship.
Also yesterday, aU.S. CoastGuard
cutter intercepted 15 people trying to
flee the country.
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Sports

borhood.
Seven civilian army auxiliaries
beat up, robbed and then dragged a
street vendor into her home and raped
her in the capital's Petionville suburb
Monday evening, neighbors said.
The United States maintained a
security alert for its nationals.
Schrager, the U.S. Embassy spokes-
person, said there had been "uncon-
firmed threats that mid-level Ameri-
can diplomats or people who work for
international organizations" might
become targets of violence.
Tworadio stations were shutdown
Monday in Gonaives, 90 miles north
of the capital. A radio journalist and

two technicians were arrested in the
closings remained jailed yesterday.
The head of the Gonaives military
district, Capt. Casteras Fils, told The
Associated Press by the telephone
that the stations were shut down be-
cause they wereplaying whathecalled
a pro-Aristide message.
Fils said that the radios said "the
house is not theirs. We will take back
our house this Saturday," which he
interpretedas areference to the sched-

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