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6496: RE: 6281: Haiti Now (fwd)
From: "Hoover, Julie H." <Hoover@pbworld.com>
Phil Knowles reports from his recent week in Haiti on December 19 that:
" Talked with a few people, did not encounter enthusiasm for
Aristede's presidency, but still some are hopeful. People are
> pretty discouraged, overall, I think."
I have just been in Haiti Dec. 19th-29th and came away with a very different
assessment. In the solidly middle-class neighborhood of my mother-in-law (a
former French teacher), I queried dozens of people and did not find one who
did not support Aristide wholeheartedly. These people are not slum
dwellers or peasants--they are urban middle class. All are extremely
optimistic about the prospect of an Aristide presidency. The negatives
about Aristide I received came from the bourgeoisie and the international
community. Was greatly saddened by the misinformation that is being spread.