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Violent riots in Montreal's Haitian quarter

Latest update : 2008-08-11

Three police officers were injured during violent riots in a Haitian district of Montreal. The riots were sparked by a shootout on Saturday between policemen and three Haitian youths. One of them, 18-year-old Freddy Villanueva, was killed.

Rioters torched cars and three police officers were injured late Sunday in a heavily Haitian district of Montreal, according to police and media reports Monday.
   
More than 500 police were deployed and six people were arrested in the riots, which erupted after the police shot dead an 18-year-old man on Saturday.
   
At least eight vehicles were burned in the violence, and shops were looted.
   
A television cameraman was also injured in the violence.
   
The original shooting took place Saturday after a police patrol was rushed by three men in Montreal North, the hub of the city's Haitian community, according to police.
   
All three were wounded and one, Freddy Villanueva, 18. died.
   
But local witnesses said the police started the confrontation, and by Sunday afternoon protests were underway in the neighborhood, with demonstrators carrying pictures of the dead man and chanting, "the police are the murderers."
   
Police have launched an investigation into the shooting, which occurred in an area which frequently sees clashes between street gangs. Residents have accused the police there of racial profiling.
   
"The line is very fine between maintaining public security in an area and not doing anything that could be seen as a mistake," said Montreal police chief Yvan Delorme.

Date created : 2008-08-11

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