Days before feeling, report of gov't collapse.

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Days before feeling, report of gov't collapse. - aitian PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Soldiers...
aitian PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Soldiers were deployed In Haiti's capital city "every few blocks" today after the government of President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier collapsed, according to the U.S. Embassy. White- House spokesman Larry Spcakes, accompanying President Reagan aboard Air Force One to Houston, announced that Duvaller had fled the country. He said his information was based on a report from the U.S. Embassy in Haiti. An. embassy spokesman, who spoke on condition of , anonymity, said he did not know whether stores had been closed, or whether a curfew had been called. He said there were fewer people in the streets and Port-au- Prince, the capital, seemed "relatively normal and quiet." He said in an interview with AP Radio there were "soldiers posted every few blocks" In the capital. Speakes said there were reports that a military-civilian government has taken control of the impoverished Caribbean island. No further details were available immediately. The reports followed a 30-day nationwide state of siege declaration signed by Duvalier and read over national television and radio today at 7 a.m. The declaration came after the most sustained anti-government protest in Haiti since the Duvalier dynasty was established in 1957. Jean-Claude, also known as "Baby Doc," assumed the presidency upon the death of his father, Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, in 1971. Six people have been reported killed and at least30 injured since anti-Duvalier demonstrations began Sunday in Cap Haitien, Haiti's second-largest city of (iO.OOO people collapses on the north coast. Maggie Steber, a freelance photographer in Cap Hai- tien, said the army called a curfew this morning and used clubs and tear gas to get people off the streets. "I saw several Incidents of the army hitting people with clubs to get them inside," she said in a telephone call to The Associated Press in New York. Duvallcr's communique also ordered three radio stations to go off the air including Radio Soleil, a Roman Catholic Church station that broadcasts in Creole arid is one of the few stations that can be heard in most parts of the Maryland-sixed nation. It has been closed several times before for reporting on anti-government demonstrations. The two other stations See HAITI, Page 12A

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  1. New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung,
  2. 31 Jan 1986, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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