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Thousands of Aristide backers protest in Haiti for his return

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Hundreds of supports march through the streets to rally for the return of ousted Haitian leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Feb. 18 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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A man holds a picture of Haiti's ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his wife Mildred Trouillot Aristide during a protest in Port-auPrince, Haiti, Friday, Feb. 18.

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A man holds up a poster as hundreds of supports march through the streets to rally for the return of ousted Haitian leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Feb. 18 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Several thousand supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide protested in Haiti's quake-torn capital Friday, waving photos of their exiled leader and vowing to derail a runoff election next month unless he returns.

Chanting "No Aristide, no second round," flag-waving and horn-blowing demonstrators marched through gritty slums and near the collapsed National Palace, which police protected with light barricades. There was no violence and the mood was festive, with loudspeakers blaring music and men drinking beer in the hot sun. Full story here.