From the Beeb
: Morgue workers told Reuters news agency they had taken in 17 bodies on Saturday and three on Friday. Witnesses accused the police of setting slum homes alight and shooting residents. "The police arrived, they started shooting. There were other people shooting too, but they managed to flee," Bel Air [a pro-Aristide district] resident Ronald Macillon told Reuters. The AFP news agency reported seeing about 10 homes burned in Bel Air.
The police claim they are trying to control "gangs."
What does burning down homes have to do with crime control?
The choice of the word "gangs" is interesting. The Soviet Union also claimed that its repressive measures were to control gangsterism.