(CBS) With word spreading far and wide across Port-au-Prince that there are jobs and food at the airport - a flood of able-bodied men and women showed up by the hundreds.
"We are not troublemaker. We need some job, you understand," one man told CBS News national correspondent Byron Pitts.
A U.S. Army Captain called this "controlled chaos." Military and police forces from around the world who speak different languages are working to maintain order. Late Monday morning that "chaos" turned to confrontation.
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U.N. peace keepers were given orders to clear the street. They did so with force. Unable to speak the native language Creole or even English, the Jordanian... Pakistani and Indian forces mostly did their talking with nightsticks and rubber bullets.
No one was seriously injured. But tensions are building.
The American soldiers on hand - members of the 82nd Airborne - showed restraint.
Their helmets were off and their guns were intentionally unloaded.
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"It seems like you guys are showing great restraint, while some of you colleagues, aren't," Pitts said.
"We all have our different methods and styles in which we control situations," said Sgt. Mike Ames, U.S. Army. "We're here to help them, not to push them around."