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28941: Sontaine (comment) Response to Whites query (fwd)

From Georges Sontaine:

Randall White asks

“When did armed gangs from Cite Soliel ever march around the capital - let alone unchallenged? When did armed gangs from Cite Soliel attack unarmed citizens or commit massacres? When did armed gangs from Cite Soliel attack power stations, dams, water supplies, radio stations, journalists, priests, missionaries, doctors or hospitals? “

The below articles I have collected (in chronological order) from many journalists will help enlighten him:

Aristide's Tinderbox
Haitian Militants Losing Faith in President's Promise
of Reform
by Michael Deibert
August 28 - September 3, 2002

Political Violence Rules Cité Soleil
By Anne Fuller
The Miami Herald, November 26, 2003

Haitian Gangs Combat Demonstrators
All Things Considered, February 10, 2004
In Haiti, protests for and against the government of President Jean Bertrande Aristide have become a daily occurrence. And so have attacks on demonstrators by armed gangs called "chimere."

Militias' might key to Aristide's grip on power
By Steven Dudley, Boston Globe Correspondent,
February 19, 2004

Militants attack anti-Aristide protesters
By Mark Stevenson
February 22, 2004

Town taken from rebels feels heat of reprisal
Accusations of brutality by pro-Aristide militias in the city of St. Marc show why there is little support for the president as rebels try to topple him.
The Miami Herald
Tue, Feb. 24, 2004

Film links Aristide to warlords
A new feature documentary shows how gang members in Haiti allegedly became former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's private army.
By Joe Mozingo, The Miami Herald
Posted on Mon, Mar. 20, 2006

Some of the Stevenson article ("Militants loyal to Jean-Bertrand Aristide have attacked protesters demanding the Haitian strongman resign with barrages of shotgun fire, rocks and bottles.") might be of particular interest to White.

There, doesn't it feel better to let the truth in?



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