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of people streamed into Haiti s
main public park yesterday to
honour the 17 victims who died
in an accident involving a Car-
Many mourners wore white
T-shirts with a phrase in Creole
that read, "In good times, in
bad times, we re all Haitians."
White caskets draped with
the Haitian flag were lined up
in front of a stage where gov-
ernment officials including
President Michel Martelly and
Prime Minister Evans Paul
greeted the victims relatives
Some mourners were led
away from the caskets as they
cried and collapsed to the
ground at the Champ de Mars
park in Port-au-Prince.
The accident occurred early
Tuesday when a singer aboard
one of 16 Carnival floats touched
a power line and caused the
crowd to panic, resulting in a
stampede. At least 78 others
"Everyone was hit by these
deaths," said Herold Charles
Civil, a 37-year-old preacher
who attended the government-
sponsored funeral. "I came here
to grieve with the families and
tell them that we also feel the
pain of losing their loved ones."
Authorities have not said
whether any of those who died
were electrocuted. Four people
The Haitian singer, Daniel
Darinus who goes by the stage
name Fantom, was treated for
burns and said an unexpected
move forward caused the acci-
dent. It is a common practice
in Haiti and elsewhere to have
someone atop a parade float
move low-hanging power lines.
Among the musicians attend-
ing the funeral was Garcia Delva,
who said the annual Carnival
celebration should be better
organised, and have a team
working on it year-round.
"They ve got to change every-
thing," he said. "It s Carnival.
It s big."
Government officials can-
celled the third and final day of
Carnival celebration following
the accident and declared three
days of mourning. (AP)
The mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, who
was arrested last week by intelligence agents, has
been indicted on charges of conspiracy against
the Venezuelan government and plotting an
The government said late Friday that charges
had been brought against Ledezma, 59, and that
he would be moved from a military intelligence
facility to the Ramo Verde military prison just
outside the capital, which for a year has housed
Leopoldo López, an opposition figure who was
charged with inciting major anti-government unrest.
Ledezma s lawyer, Omar Estacio, said yesterday
that the maximum sentence for the charges was
25 years in prison.
"The accusations are weak, and we believe we
will win a favourable decision," Estacio said.
"The family is, of course, worried, but Ledezma
remains calm and optimistic."
President Nicolás Maduro appeared on state tel-
evision the night after Ledezma s arrest on Thursday
and railed against the United States, specifically
comments from the White House on Friday that
the Obama administration was considering "tools"
to "better steer the Venezuelan government."
"For a long time in Latin America, we have
stripped away American imperialist aggression,"
Maduro said in a speech to a crowd of supporters.
"I feel sorry for President Obama because he is
trapped in an alley without an exit, and he now
thinks the way out is to attack Venezuela."
Maduro then criticised those in Venezuela he
saw as conspiring with Washington.
"In Venezuela, no one is untouchable," he said.
"The coup plotting is over. Whoever wants to
seek that past will be met with the fist of the
people, an iron fist."
Small protests have taken place across Venezuela
against Ledezma s arrest. The president s approval
ratings are very low, thanks in large part to a crum-
bling economy with an annual inflation rate of
about 70 per cent and major shortages of basic
goods. (New York Times)
Thousands attend funeral
in Haiti for Carnival victims
A police officer stands amid the coffins containing the remains of the 17 victims who died in an
accident involving a Carnival float, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, yesterday. The accident occurred early
Tuesday, when a singer aboard one of the Carnival floats touched a power line and caused the crowd
to panic, resulting in a stampede. AP PHOTO
US-backed coup plot
Snow falls at the White House in Washington, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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