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Canada denounces possession of assault rifle by Deputy Arnel Belizaire

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Canada denounces possession of assault rifle by Deputy Arnel Belizaire

Here is a picture taken during a protest in Port-au-Prince where Haitian Deputy Arnel Belizaire was confronting both a Canadian and Brazilian member of the MINUSTAH force.

Millions have seen the image of Haitian Deputy Arnel Belizaire brandishing an assault rifle while speaking to members of MINUSTAH at a demonstration. The image has led to much debate, including the letter to the President of the Chamber of Deputies, sent by the new Canadian Ambassador to Haiti, Paula Caldwell St-Onge. In her letter, she criticizes the deputy, calling for Stevenson Jacques Thimoleon to bring his parliamentarians who have no respect for Haiti's laws to order. For his part, Belizaire has said he had recovered the gun after MINUSTAH soldiers began firing shots into the non-violent group of protesters.

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