Haiti: US Orchastrates Coup, Kidnaps Aristide
Wednesday March 03, 2004 at 02:44 AM
Despite the portrayal by corporate media, the recent coup in Haiti was not organized by "freedom fighters", but actually murderous paramilitaries funded by the US government and trained by the CIA, all hiding under cover provided by corporate media.
Corporate media and the Bush administration would have people believe
that the recent revolt in Haiti was the work of oppressed citizens fighting
for independence. Documentation of US "involvement" in Haiti, however,
tells a different story.
Jean Bertrand Aristide, the democratically elected president of Haiti since 1990, has
faced US pressure
to resign since the Clinton administration. Haiti, one of the world's
poorest nations, currently suffers a US embargo of $500 million foreign
aid. Previous US involvement
also includes support for dictatorial regimes and efforts to prevent a
higher minimum wage.
The opposition, described by the corporate media as "freedom fighters",
are actually a US
sponsored ruthless and brutal militia, many of whom were involved
in the US-backed death squads of the 1991-1994 coup attempt.
Louis Jodel Chamblain, a former leader in the FRAPH paramilitary
death squad, Guy Philippe, once a police chief, and others were trained
in Ecuador by US Special Forces during the previous coup. Many people
view Haiti as simply one more example of an illegal CIA orchastrated
coup, as it has does so often before. Not surprisingly, these "rebel leaders"
have established relationships with Colin Powell and George W. Bush throughout the years.
Unfortunately for the people of Haiti, these paramilitary coup attempts also have disasterous
consequences on the nation's poor, and only promise future dictatorial
Washington has been working closely with corporate media sources to distort
the coup, downplaying US involvement. Among these distortions include
the claim Aristide recently "stepped down" from the presidency, while
various interviews instead suggest that he was forcibly
kidnapped and being detained by the US government.
Read more articles detailing the truth about Haiti at:
[IMC Global][Democracy Now!][ZNet]
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