Haiti senator fires at unruly protesters; photographer wounded

Haiti senator fires at unruly protesters; photographer wounded

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — An Associated Press photographer has been wounded in a shooting that erupted outside Haiti's Senate when a senator fired a pistol during a confrontation with Opposition protesters.

Dieu-Nalio Chery was hit in the jaw by what appeared to be a fragment of one of the bullets fired by Senator Ralph Fethiere yesterday morning. Chery was treated and released from a Port-au-Prince hospital and was expected to undergo further treatment this week to remove the object from his jaw. Another person outside the Senate also suffered an apparent wound to the stomach.

Senators were convening to approve Fritz William Michel's nomination as prime minister. Several hundred Opposition supporters confronted ruling-party senators, and Fethiere pulled a pistol when protesters rushed at him and members of his entourage.

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