Wednesday, November 17, 2010

U.S. motorcycle missionaries attacked in Haiti -
Cap-Haitien, Haiti (CNN) -- The Christian Motorcyclists Association came to Haiti to distribute motorcycles to pastors. Instead, angry Haitians, some of them on motorbikes, ended up attacking the 11 American missionaries when they tried to flee this city aboard a big, yellow bus.
"We almost made it out of town," team member Terry Gibson told CNN in a phone call after his team survived the attack unharmed.
Until Wednesday morning, Gibson and his fellow volunteers had been holed up in a hotel on a hilltop overlooking Cap-Haitien, after demonstrators put up networks of barricades through the streets and began attacking the bases of United Nations peacekeepers with rocks, bottles and petrol bombs. The demonstrators have accused peacekeepers of starting the cholera outbreak.
The motorcyclist team is part of an American organization that has hundreds of branches across the country.
One of its goals, Gibson said, is to donate motorcycles to Christian leaders.
Rioters cause havoc in Haitian city
"We put wheels under indigenous local pastors," Gibson explained. "We were presenting seven here in Cap-Haitien. Obviously, that won't happen now."
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