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The Clinton Administration has fallen in love with the thought of Haitian elections when they have, in fact, effectively destroyed all structured opposition over the past five-and-a-half years. On August 13, 1991 Aristide was faced with a non-confidence vote that saw 83-11 against his government, the vote carried out in an Aristide controlled Parliament. The nation rejected Aristide, sending him into opulent exile.
There was no coup d'etat. It was what is known as a coup d'force. This sees the military return stability and then turn control over to the civilian government. This is exactly what happened in Haiti after Aristide's September 30 departure.
Then, in accordance with article 149 of Haiti's Constitution, a Supreme Court Justice was named Provisional President and he called a fresh election 90 days after taking his position. Had the Americans not blocked this constitutionally legal electoral process, Haiti would have solved its problems - DEMOCRATICALLY - in December of 1991.
Rather than do this the Bush and Clinton Administrations forced an illegal embargo upon their poor neighbor. This embargo, along with all other acts, was prohibited by Articles 18, 19 and 20 of the OAS Charter. Tens of thousands of children, under the age of five, starved to death because of American interference.
Then Clinton invaded Haiti with 23,000 troops and $4 billion to install an anti-American, cocaine trafficking, psychotic manic-depressive, murdered to the Presidency of Haiti. Clinton allowed Aristide's theft of the presidential elections in which his close friend, Rene Preval, was "selected" as president. Now Aristide, as predicted in 1995 ... refuses to give up control.
What do we do now???.... abandon the poor Haitians to an American-generated
fate.... invade again... or take the sensible course of action and indict
Aristide for cocaine trafficking, even though this will splash blood on
President Clinton... since his brother-in-law, Hugh Rodham, could well
be embarrassed. Perhaps some of the funds have found an indirect way back
to Clinton and some of Aristide's other apologists.
AND NOW THE ARTICLE
Protests rock Haitian capital for third day March 29, 2000 AP
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The Haitian government pleaded for calm Wednesday as protests shook the capital for a third day, with rock-throwing demonstrators setting piles of tires ablaze and demanding that elections officials resign.
"Nobody is preventing people from demonstrating lawfully -- but nobody has the right to hold the population hostage," Justice Minister Camille Leblanc said in an interview with the private Radio Signal F.M.
Since Monday, small groups claiming to be partisans of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide have been blocking traffic and breaking the windows of passing vehicles at downtown intersections. Many fearful store owners have closed their doors.
Opposition politicians accuse Aristide supporters of trying to delay parliamentary elections until the presidential election in December. Aristide's parliamentary allies would then be able to ride his coattails into office, they say.
On Wednesday, the protesters threw rocks and set up flaming tire barricades in the seaside Cite Soleil shantytown, in the midtown Sans Fil slum, and on the downtown main street Jean-Jacques Dessalines Boulevard.
Four people were killed during Monday demonstrations in unclear circumstances.
Tuesday, police arrested four male street merchants whose merchandise had been burned by protesters. The merchants were charged with throwing rocks at passing vehicles and demanding reparation after a Tuesday demonstration in front of the National Palace.
The incoherent demands of street activists have included the resignation of the electora council, more time to register for balloting, elections immediately, and general elections at the end of the year. They also protested against the cost of living, which has risen substantially in the past month amid political uncertainty.
"The best way to respond (to the protests) is to hold elections as quickly as possible," Premier Jacques-Edouard Alexis told reporters Tuesday.
But Alexis refused to say that a new Parliament would be seated in June, as Haitian opposition parties and the international community have insisted.
"Our concern is to hold good elections," he said.
After an 18-month power struggle, in January 1999 President Rene Preval locked lawmakers out of Parliament, appointed Alexis and the provisional electoral council by decree and called for elections. Those elections have been postponed twice because of organizational problems.
The electoral council has rescheduled voting for April 9 and May 21, but Preval is contesting the council's authority, charging the dates were invalid since he had not published them in an executive order. It is unclear when the vote will be held.
In an interview with the private Radio Ginen Tuesday, Aristide party
spokesman Yvon Neptune endorsed peaceful popular demonstrations and said
the violent protesters were "infiltrators" trying to smear Aristide's reputation.