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. joy wehrly

    So why is this a US problem. a nephew and possibly a niece being deployed to help them. not trying to be ugly but why can't they try to help themselves for a change? by the way niece and nephew already there once after the earthquake. the dollars have came to them in the form of manpower and physical assistance. we need to start worrying about our own. ie. Katrina. I was there working. this was a disaster in our own back yard that was totally screwed up.

    November 16, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cesar

    @Joy. I don't know why it is a US problem Joy.

    November 16, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HamuChan

    The poor Haitians have suffered so much. I wonder how or why they would try to blame the UN for cholera. I suppose they are saying that they are having to drink bacteria ridden water since clean water hasn't been provided? And for those who don't know the UN is not the US. Although we fund the UN by quite a lot.

    November 17, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. jrob

    Poor Haitians? Are you kidding me??!! The U.N. has given Haiti over $164 million in aide, but yet rioting Haitians are blaming the U.N. for THEIR Cholera outbreak! This is rediculous. Dont drink water that has poop in it and don't poop in your water supply and you wouldn't have this problem. Sure it's a bad situation but to blame the organization that is helping you?? Burn in hell Haiti, burn in hell...

    November 17, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Let's get out before it becomes another Somalia.

      November 17, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
    • 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.

      Read more:

      November 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LOW LYF


    November 17, 2010 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rollin

    Getting around by motorcycle? I wish I could sell mine there. Nobody sees me rollin'. They Haitians.

    November 17, 2010 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. Drew

    At times like this, we should all ask ourselves not what WE can do, but rather...what would Wyclef do? Wyclef? Any thoughts? Hmmm...

    November 17, 2010 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Yeah maybe Wyclef would crank out some rap tunes and bust some moves to keep the alleged males in that country mesmerized so that order could be restored.
      Haiti is beyond broken. It is culturally bankrupt

      November 17, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. j rob

    Get out of Haiti.. They're ungreatful idiots that don't know how to build sound structures or wash their hands or dispose of human waste properly.. Not to mention they blame others for diseases they contract by drinking water laden with human waste.. Their own waste might I add.. Hell sucks doesn't it Haiti? Guess they gt wh
    at the

    November 17, 2010 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. j rob

    Get out of Haiti.. They're ungreatful idiots that don't know how to build sound structures or wash their hands or dispose of human waste properly.. Not to mention they blame others for diseases they contract by drinking water laden with human waste.. Their own waste might I add.. Hell sucks doesn't it Haiti? Guess you get what you deserve.. Have fun wallowing in your own filth like dirty pigs

    November 17, 2010 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Teniade ololalde

      Those haitians are animal, very ungratefull idiots, useless and dirty human being

      November 17, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jim Brieske

    It is time to pull all Americans out of Haiti. Lethal force is required to get the situation under control, if no one is willing to use it then it is best to leave.
    It appears the Haitian males are becoming violent and lawlessness is occuring.

    November 17, 2010 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      You might remember a few years ago when Haitians on rafts and small boats were washing up on Florida beaches, particularly in the Fort Pierce area. Crime rates went through the roof when they started to "invade"
      Totally lacking civility and morals. Talk about reinforcing stereotypes!

      November 17, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • StealthS

      Let's nuke 'em all

      November 17, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nat

    We protect and help poor and impoverished places because if we dont they become places of terrorist...besides its the right thing to do!!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. j rob

    Yes the right thing to do is help, but would you help a poisonous snake if it meant getting bit in the process? The Haitians are turning against the people who are helping them because they're too dumb to help themselves.. Let them clean their own mess they got themselves in

    November 17, 2010 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • mer

      i bet rob your house is not as clean as the haitian street, you need to look at your own situation before you even talk about other people situations, why dont you analyze what the haitian are saying before making or writting anything. you look more like a morron or idiot who dont have anything better to say. just hush

      November 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nat

    I am a nurse...when someone doesnt have enough oxygen to breath they become angry and combative...i still have to help them. well in haiti its basically the same thing...may the comfort and peace of the Holy Spirit fall upon them...and may God protect the aide workers..

    November 17, 2010 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. jake

    They don't want the UN's help, then we should honor their wishes. No reason to risk the lives of UN peacekeepers for people who riot and point fingers rather than helping the sick.

    No US troops should be sent to Haiti, no US tax dollars should be spent. Let Haiti solve Haiti's problems.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ian

    What can one expect from the Haitian males? They were robbing women and children during the food distribution process after the earthquake and marching around in gangs with weapons. Being civilized seems to be beyond their scope

    November 17, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
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