November 16th, 2010
09:47 PM ET

Rioters threaten to send Haitian city into chaos

Haiti's government appeared Tuesday to have lost control of Cap Haitien, where demonstrators angry over what they see as the United Nations' role in starting the ongoing cholera epidemic controlled many of the streets for a second consecutive day.

At the airport in the country's second-largest city, commercial flights were suspended Tuesday. Police were not wearing uniforms in an apparent attempt to elude the wrath of Haitians, who had torched at least one police station on Monday.

The only way to get from the airport into town was by motorcycle. Barricades composed of burning tires and vehicles blocked cars from traveling on many of the roads.

As the sun set, smoke from the many fires mixed with tear gas fired by peacekeepers, and hovered over the city.

The office of Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive had said early in the day that it was sending a delegation of government ministers by helicopter from the capital city of Port-au-Prince to Cap Haitien in an attempt to orchestrate a return to order, but by nightfall they were not visible.

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  1. LauraJ

    Maybe its time to stop giving them handouts and start given them hands up – work for food – building their own new shelters etc, handouts just dont work unless a population is almost dead.

    November 17, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Angelina

    i think that we should not be there the US should stop trying to police the world and worry about our own back yards. take care of the us citizens we have plenty of problems without adding the problems of the world to it. they may need help but make them ask. at the first sign of trouble leave

    November 17, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Haters gonna hate

    Haitians gonna hate...

    November 17, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sgt. Slaughter

    Let NATURE take its course,,,,,,,


    November 17, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. duke

    Look at all these god fearing/loving posters,who love people as long as they look like them,and if you don't then nuke em all I guess??
    Minority People have two enemies,the first is themselves,and the second one will be wiped out as soon as we make peace with the first one.

    November 17, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kim

    I guess the stuck up royales are more important I just dont get it why are we so concern about any of these people they dont care about america and would love to see them fail if they could plunder this country they would. Yet we go on reporting about these people what garbage. Those haitian had a earthquake but they where in a deseaster long before the earth shook why cant they help thereself or get a goverment thats can fix its own problems an stop thinking a racist society is going to be a helping hand.

    November 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |

    they need relief supplies. if we just sent them some strawberry sodapop, mc chicken sandwiches, and some watermelons this whole thing would be defused..

    November 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ahania

    I'm hatian amercan.......I for sure am not
    An idiot. What about all the poor old women and children In Haiti that are not rioters? Don't you think they deserve our help? Or they deserve to die in hell just because they where unfortunate enough to be born in Haiti? Yes we have problems of our own, but aren't we all living in one world, on the same planet, dirived from the same Adam and eve? We are all sisters and brothers and I think no situation in the US is as dire as any situation in Haiti or any other 3rd world country at that. and after your government has failed you then who do you look to? Not defending the rioters by any means but I can see where their coming from if you think about it from an angry rioters perspective.

    November 18, 2010 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. jaberwocky

    On Nov. 1, the CDC said a study by it and Haiti's National Public Health Laboratory indicated that the cholera found in Haiti is of a strain commonly found in South Asia. The source of the disease was blamed on the Nepalese UN peacekeepers.

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    November 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
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