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UN warns of Haiti volatility after convoy attacked


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Hundreds of Haitians are protesting today, saying corrupt officials want to be paid off for food coupons.

The protesters took to the streets of a Port-au-Prince suburb, singing, "They stole the rice, they stole the rice."

One young woman said a local official was demanding money before he would give people coupons for bags of rice from the U.N. World Food Program. She says the official wants the equivalent of seven U.S. dollars for a coupon.

Aid agencies say food and water deliveries have about doubled in the past 10 days. But relief workers are frustrated with transportation bottlenecks.

One doctor from Louisiana says that since the Haitian government took control of medical supplies, there's a wait even though the supplies are stacked up in the warehouse.


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The U.N. is warning that Haiti's security situation is potentially volatile.

Haitian police have increased their own patrols and are accompanying U.N. police as frustration grows at the slow pace of relief efforts.

A U.N. spokesman says on Saturday, about 20 armed men blockaded a street and attacked a convoy carrying food. U.N. and Haitian officers fired warning gunshots and the men fled the scene.

Most of the quake victims are still living outside in squalid tents of sheets and sticks, and many are forced to scramble for food and water. Mobs have stolen food and looted goods from their neighbors.

Monday, a remembrance ceremony for the dead turned into one of the first organized political rallies since the Jan. 12 earthquake. Hundreds gathered at a gravel pit where earthquake victims have been dumped. Many in the crowd denounced President Rene Preval and called for the return of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

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