Haiti protesters rally to mark ouster of ex-leader-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Supporters of former two-time President Jean-Bertrand Aristide rallied in the Haitian capital on Thursday to mark the 10th anniversary of his second ouster.

The crowd reached about 2,000 people as it passed through the Port-au-Prince shantytowns where Aristide still enjoys a following. The protesters denounced what they described as widespread corruption in President Michel Martelly’s government and even called for his resignation.

“We want Martelly to leave so that we can hold elections. There’s too much corruption,” said Ansyto Felix of Aristide’s Family Lavalas political party.

Senior Haitian officials have denied such allegations, saying they don’t tolerate corruption.

Aristide was ousted on Feb. 29, 2004, in a violent rebellion and lived in exile in South Africa until 2011, when he returned to Haiti despite opposition from the United States.

Since then, he has reopened a medical university while keeping a low profile. Though Aristide has said he wants to focus on education, some in Haiti believe that he still quietly wields considerable influence.

He made a rare public appearance last year when he attended a court hearing to testify in a homicide case. Thousands of people followed him home in one of the biggest demonstrations of support for him in recent years.


The crowd was actually something less than 500 people.

This must be frustrating for Aristide who is spending a lot of money to try and generate support.

During his appearance in court, mentioned in the article, about 2,000 people marched on the streets. A small number, considering what he paid people to appear. Many took the money and stayed at home.

Since 9 of his close associates were indicted for the murder of Jean Dominique and the court’s suggestion that Aristide was the crime’s intellectual author, support has evaporated. He has a few fanatics like Narcisse and Belizaire but the real mass of people have transferred their support to Martelly.

Lavalas has become a fragmented mess of impotent pieces, scattered across the political floor of Haiti.

Soon, he will have no support and he will then be plucked from the scene, to face trial for his involvement in many murders, theft of hundreds of millions and control of the cocaine traffic.

The focus should be on Aristide/Preval, the real criminals and not Duvalier.


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  1. This is the type of reporting that transmits false information – to the world.

    AP writes that 2000 people marched, and many believe this since AP material is often the only news people have about Haiti.

    AP has always written biased material.

    Michael Norton, the AP representative, during Aristide/Preval periods, was married to a fanatical Lavalas supporter, Toto Bissainthe.

    His writing reflected this.

    Now, we have a new jerk, supporting Lavalas when Lavalas no longer exists in a meaningful form.

    Fiction writers, but very dangerous fiction!

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