Haiti Protesters Clash With Police


Hundreds of protesters, demanding the annulment of Haiti's elections, have clashed with riot police in the Haitian capital, stoking tensions ahead of results expected on Tuesday.

Police fired tear gas to disperse more than 1,500 protesters when they tried to break through a barrier blocking access to the area in front of the white presidential palace, which was badly wrecked in the January 12 earthquake.

Al Jazeera correspondent Seb Walker, reporting from the capital, Port-au-Prince, said the crowds take to the streets every day calling for the process to restart but this is unlikely to happen.

Protesters and bystanders scattered as stinging gas clouds wafted through the tent and tarpaulin shelters of a large crowded camp of thousands of homeless earthquake survivors located in front of the crumbling palace.

Provisional results from the November 28 vote are due to be announced on Tuesday. United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti have been bracing for possible trouble after the polls took place amid confusion and with a cholera epidemic raging in the country.

The presidential contest featuring 18 candidates is widely expected to go to a deciding runoff, probably on January 16. UN troops and police stayed mostly out of sight during Sunday's march. The marchers also came under attack from counter-protesters who threw stones.