May 10, 1995 in Nation/World

U.N. Troops Break Up Protest Over Salaries

Compiled From Wire Services

Guns drawn and riot shields up, U.N. peacekeeping troops rushed rockthrowing students Tuesday to break up a brawl over public teachers’ salaries.

The peacekeepers stepped in after Haitian police, firing tear gas for more than four hours, failed to control a second day of violence.

About 25 students and two Haitian police officers were injured, some seriously, a hospital official said. Several students were injured by flying rocks and others were overcome by tear gas.

The students were protesting in solidarity with their public school teachers, who walked off their jobs in late April claiming a salary raise from $53 to $71 month was inadequate.

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