Armed commandos broke in the National Palace of Government on Monday, killing at least four people in what government officials called an attempted coup d'etat. Hundreds of machete-welding supporters of President Jean Bertrand Aristide surrounded the palace trying to evacuate the remaining illegal forces inside the building.
President Aristide and his wife were three miles away from Palace when the gunmen entered after killing two police officers and injuring another guards. National Palace spokesman, Jacques Maurice said: "This is an attempted coup d'etat and not a staged event".
In retaliation, Aristide supporters burned headquarters of "The Convergence", political opposition alliance, and also headquarters of the Socialist Party, member of the coalition. Since Aristide's party swept local elections in May 2000, the main opposition group denounced the lections as fraudulent. In turn, Aristide called in a statement dated on June 2000 to a "zero tolerance" policy against these groups.
The situation returned to calm in Port-au-Prince, after regular forces re-occupied the Palace of Government Monday morning.
Near the United Nations Glass Palace in New York, there is a metallic sculpture entitled "Evil Defeated by Good", representing Saint George transfixing a dragon with his lance. It was donated by the USSR in 1990 to celebrate the INF Treaty concluded with the USA in 1987