Aristide still overshadowed by Duvalier
Aristide wins Haiti election, police attack celebrators PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — As international observers proclaimed proclaimed a leftist priest the winner of Haiti's first democratic elections, a police attack on a celebration rally renewed fears of a backlash by right-wing thugs. The Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a fiery champion of the poor, won as much as 70 percent of the vote in Sunday's elections, according to projections projections by the 800 foreign observers. observers. Final results were not expected until late today. "We fully respect him as the apparent president-elect of Haiti and look forward to closely working with his government," said Bernard W. Aronson, the assistant U.S. secretary secretary of state for inter-American affairs. With slightly more than 1 percent of the estimated 2 million votes counted, Aristide had 70.6 percent; former World Bank official Marc Bazin 12.6 percent; agronomist Louis Louis Dejoie Jr. 6.9 percent; and evangelical evangelical preacher Sylvio Claude 2.7 percent. Seven other candidates were in the race. Bazin had made no public comment comment by late Monday. Dejoie conceded conceded defeat. Observers from the United Na- Man acquitted of setting fire that killed six PITTSBURGH (AP) — An Allegheny Allegheny County man has been found innocent of setting a fire that killed five children and an adult last tions and the Organization of American American States said the vote was orderly and without fraud, despite delays and some irregularities at voting stations. About 70 percent of the registered voters cast ballots for president, a 110-member National Assembly and local officials. Tens of thousands of Haitians poured into the streets Monday morning, singing and dancing, honking honking car horns and blocking traffic with their jubilant celebrations of Aristide's presumed victory. But the party ended at midday. Police wearing gas masks fired into a crowd celebrating outside St. Jean Bosco Roman Catholic Church, killing killing a pregnant 44-year-old woman, then running her over in a blue pickup truck, witnesses said. Assassins attacked the church in September 1988 as Aristide was saying Mass, killing 12 people and wounding 70. Aristide escaped and went into hiding. An army statement denied responsibility responsibility for Monday's shootings, saying saying police had fired into the air to disperse demonstrators threatening to lynch an unidentified man. Police in Haiti are under the authority of the army. The capital was nearly deserted as Haitians fled indoors, fearing more violence from holdovers of the 29- year Duvalier family regime, which was ousted in 1986 when Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier fled into exile. The only other time Haitians had a chance to freely choose their leader, in November 1987, 34 voters were shot and hacked to death at polling stations by thugs supported by the army. The vote was canceled. Aristide would take office on Feb. 7, the fifth anniversary of "Baby Doc" Duvalier's departure. Roger Lafontant, who led Duvalier's Duvalier's feared Tonton Macoute militia, militia, promised in an interview last week to "do anything" to keep Aristide from becoming president, saying Haiti would "never be delivered delivered to Communism." There has also been concern that the United States would not be pleased by the election because of Aristide's leftist ideology and anti- American rhetoric, which was toned down in the last few months. Bazin, a 58-year-old conservative economist, was widely believed to be the U.S. government favorite. Dr. Louis Roy, author of Haiti's 1987 constitution and a leader of the interim government, said he hoped the United States would not be scared off by Aristide. "When Fidel Castro came to power power in Cuba in 1959, Castro was not a communist,'" said Roy. "If the United States had the same relationship relationship with the Soviets then that it has now, they would have helped Cuba and it would not have turned communist." communist." Robert McNamara, the former World Bank head who was part of an observer team, said he thought the Bush administration would cooperate cooperate with Aristide. Washington suspended $70 million in annual aid to Haiti after the 1987 election massacre. Aristide was expelled from the conservative Salesian order in 1988 for allegedly inciting the poor to revolt. He is a proponent of Liberation Theology, which encourages the poor to fight for their rights instead of waiting for an eternal reward.