Haiti’s Election – Looking Back

Linked with Marie Carmèle Rose-Anne Auguste – Haiti.

by Roger Annis; Briarpatch; August 06, 2006 – Haiti’s occupiers and elites badly needed the legitimacy of a “democratic” election. Unfortunately for them, the poor majority took them at their word….

Sometimes even the best-laid plans of the powerful go astray. Such was the case in Haiti in February of this year when Haitians turned out in overwhelming numbers to elect René Préval as president. Préval, who first served as president from 1996 to 2001, is an ally of the deposed President Jean Bertrand Aristide, and thus his election was a powerful rebuke to the foreign powers, including Canada, that conspired to overthrow Aristide’s government in February 2004.

The US, France, and Canada drove Aristide from office because his government sought to protect Haiti’s poor majority from the worst ravages of the world economic order. Aristide’s foreign policy measures, including the forging of diplomatic and economic ties with Cuba, were deemed equally unacceptable. This placed Aristide and his popular, mass-based movement, Lavalas, at odds with the economic powers in the Caribbean region, for whom he and his government served as a dangerous example.

With Aristide shipped out of the country and Haiti’s foreign-appointed “interim government” brutally suppressing dissent, and in the face of a growing international outcry over systematic human rights violations by the coup regime and occupying force, the local and foreign elites needed the legitimacy of an election to justify the coup. But the Haitian masses refused to be intimidated on election day, and soundly rejected the elite’s chosen candidates.

The plan, and its unraveling: (Read the rest of this very long article on this ZNet page).

Read the text ‘What the World Bank and IDB Owe Haiti‘.

Read also this interview with Stan Goff about US Military and Haiti.

And this article in THE HILL of July 27, 2005.

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