Days before feeling, report of gov't collapse. - con't
Haiti Continued from Pig* 1A closed were Identified as Radio Lumiere, a Protestant- run station that has also reported on the demonstrations, and Radio Cacique, an independent station, On Thursday, witnesses reported looting in four towns as anti-government unrest Increased, and diplomatic sources said three people were trampled to death by a mob sacking a CAKE food warehouse In Cap Haitlen. On Monday, a tailor and two'children died when security forces fired on demonstrators. On Thursday, witnesses said demonstrators in Cap Haitlen toppled a statue of "Papa Doc" as the crowd cheered. Witnesses also reported looting in the towns of Gonaives, Les Cayes and Jeremie, with mobs breaking into facilities stocked with food or medical supplies. The deaths in Cap Ilaitien brought to at least 10 the number of deaths reported nationwide since sporadic disturbances began on Nov. 28, when security forces opened fire on demonstrators in Cionaives, killing three students. A communique from Uuvalier ordered Cap Haitien's airport closed Thursday until further notice, but gave no reason for the action. On Tuesday, the State Department advised U.S. citizens in Haiti not to travel to Cap Haitlen and urged checking with the embassy before journeying outside the capital. Jeffrey Lite, a U.S. Information Service officer In Portau-Prince, Portau-Prince, said he didn't know the exact number of Americans in Cap Haitien, but he said It was "only a handful," mostly tourists. U.S. officials in Washington earlier likened the situation situation in Haiti to late 1970s in Nicaragua, when the author! ty of the Somoza government began to erode because of widespread discontent. In Miami, 1,500 Haitians who thought Duvalier' had been overthrown took to the streets Thursday to celebrate. The demonstration turned violent alter a car drove into the crowd, and police reported a woman had been killed and a dozen people were injured. , Haiti, with an estimated 5.7 million inhabitants, is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. About 77 percent percent of the population earns less than $150 per year.