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#3080: What does insecurity mean to haitians? Auguste replies to Ruckle
Keywords: Insecurity. Tires. Burning. Protests. Riots. Roads. Pollution.
Dear Mr. Ruckle:
I am just asking for some clarification. In a recent post you unequivocally
accused the New York Times of staging a riot in Haiti for a picture
opportunity. When you are asked for proof beyond a reasonable doubt to
support your allegation you now answer
"When I was in Haiti, people witnessed a photographer paying 'rioters'
to smash cars, a picture
which subsequently appeared in the New York Times. Presumably, he/she
was working directly for that newspaper. If not, you all need to be
more careful where you buy free-lance photos."
That hardly can pass as proof.
Aren't you now going further on a limb?
You seem to be edging a bit, no?
Shouldn't you be more careful regarding what you claim is the truth.
And you are a man of cloth?
By the way, burning tires outdoor as it is frequently done in Haiti is not
nonthreatening as you claim, in Port-au-Prince or anywhere else for that
matter. It releases toxic fumes into the air. It pollutes. It is not the best
prescription for any person suffering from respiratory diseases such as
asthma or emphysema.
If the objective of the protesters is just to block the roads, piling tires
sky high minus the burning will provide the desired result. More civilized,
wouldn't you say. Think about it. That way the protesters can use the same
tires to block streets, avenues, boulevards, roads, footpaths, trails, over
and over again. A ready made stash of tires for protests.
In case you are wondering. No, I do not work for the New York Times.