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Haiti Opposition Leader Shot, Wounded

November 26, 2003

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ An opposition leader whose radio station has become increasingly critical of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was wounded in a shooting Tuesday.

Jean-Robert Lalane, a leader in the opposition North District Front coalition, was shot in the shoulder by one of two gunmen who scaled a wall at his home in the northern city of Cap-Haitien.

Lalane, the owner of Radio Maxima, was hospitalized in stable condition, said Frandley Denis Julien, another opposition leader.

The station, which has called for Aristide’s resignation, had its antenna damaged in one of a series of recent attacks. Citing death threats to his staff, Lalane closed Radio Maxima for several days last month.

Haiti has been in turmoil since 2000 legislative elections that the opposition says were rigged. Opposition political parties have refused to participate in new legislative elections unless Aristide steps down.

In the past two months, clashes during anti-government protests have left at least 15 dead and scores wounded across the impoverished Caribbean nation.

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