New round of pro-democracy demonstrations May 17

May 17--Agence Haitienne de Presse is reporting on demonstrations again this week across Haiti to protest the 18-month extension by the government of the state of emergency prevailing in the country and calling for the resignation of President René Préval and the safe return to Haiti from exile of former president Jean Bertrand Aristide. According to the news agency, a demonstration today in Port au Prince drew 3,000

to 4,000 participants, most of whom answered a call of the Fanmi Lavalas party of President Aristide.

You can read the full AHP report (in French) on the CHIP website at:

Other Haitian news agencies are reporting protest actions for the same demands in other cities.