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Supporters of ex-president march in Haiti to mark 1991 coup and protest threatened arrest

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A large crowd of supporters of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide marched Tuesday through the capital on the anniversary of a 1991 military coup that ousted the country's first democratically elected leader.

Thousands of supporters tried to march from the church where Aristide led services as a Catholic priest to his house. But police fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse them before they arrived at the home.

PHOTO: Supporters of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide run during clashes with national police during a protest on the anniversary of the 1991 military coup that ousted Aristide, the country's first democratically elected leader, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Supporters tried to march from the church where Aristide led services as a Catholic priest to his house. But police fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse them before they arrived at the home. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Supporters of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide run during clashes with national police during a protest on the anniversary of the 1991 military coup that ousted Aristide, the country's first democratically elected leader, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Supporters tried to march from the church where Aristide led services as a Catholic priest to his house. But police fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse them before they arrived at the home. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

The march marked the date that the military ousted Aristide less than a year into his first term as president. It comes amid fears he will be arrested for failing to heed a court summons to testify in a corruption case.

An investigative judge issued an arrest warrant in August after the former president did not attend a hearing looking into allegations that include money laundering during his time in office. Aristide's lawyer has said the summons was not properly served and he has sought to quash the warrant.

Haitian police have been stationed outside the walls of Aristide's home but so far have not moved to carry out the warrant.

The former president, who was ousted again in a violent rebellion in 2004, has rarely ventured outside his home since returning from exile in South Africa in 2011.

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PHOTO: A supporter of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide walks over burning wood as part of a voodoo ceremony before the start of a protest on the anniversary of the 1991 military coup that ousted Aristide, the country's first democratically elected leader, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. The march Tuesday marked the date that the military ousted Aristide less than a year into his first term as president. It also comes amid fears he will be arrested for failing to heed a court summons to testify in a corruption case. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
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