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Student killed in clash with Haitian police

Student killed in clash with Haitian police

Students turned away from a placement exam ransacked schools, burned books and clashed with police, who said Tuesday that one of the protesters was shot and killed.
The special test session was scheduled Monday for students who had failed certain courses last school year but who placed high enough on final exams for a chance to be admitted to a remedial session.
Hundreds of students who had not qualified for the second-chance test showed up anyway and were told to go back home. Many then began attacking two schools and about a dozen test centers in downtown Port-au-Prince, forcing the test to be canceled.
Radio Metropole identified the student killed as Edmond Dallus. Police spokesman Franz Lerebous confirmed the death but did not give the student's name or other details.
Sporadic student protests have erupted throughout the year in the impoverished country's capital. University students have thrown rocks at police and burned U.N. vehicles in several incidents since January, protesting curriculum changes and demanding an increase in the country's minimum wage.
The incidents have worried some Haitians because other recent upheavals, including the 2004 ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, were precipitated by student uprisings.


Updated : 2021-06-19 23:46 GMT+08:00