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Business, Transportation Disrupted by Anti-Government Strike

November 18, 1986

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Most schools, businesses and government offices were closed Monday in Port- au-Prince on the first day of a two-day general strike called by anti- government organizations.

Police said barricades were set afire on the outskirts of capital, occasional shots were fired and some youth gangs hurled rocks at cars, but no injuries or arrests were reported.

Leaders of 52 small political parties and labor groups had called the strike, demanding the resignation of the National Governing Council headed by Lt. Gen. Henri Namphy.

Most of the major parties did not support the strike, including the communists led by Rene Theodore.

Authorities said many public schools, downtown stores, government and private offices and banks were closed in Port-au-Prince and there was only limited public transportation in the city with a population of one million.

Police reported strikes in other cities including Gonaives and Port-de- Paix.

Radio Metropole said one person was injured in a protest in Gonaives in front of the home of former Social Affairs Minister Tony Auguste, but the broadcast gave no details.

Opposition leaders have accused Auguste of being a supporter of former President-for-life Jean-Claude Duvalier, who fled to exile in France last Feb. 7 during violent anti-Duvalier protests.

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