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#3272: Serge Gilles' Shameless Accusations (fwd)
Serge Gilles, shameless as ever! There are photos all over the web of police
holding suspects flat on the ground at gunpoint, driving protestors away from
the Space for Magouilleurs office, and so on.
I wonder, if Serge became President, how many HE would kill to stay in power.
We all saw how cozy he was with the putchists. I don't approve of violence,
but if you are dying by inches of starvation and lack of health care and
rotten living conditions, the people who are doing their best to keep you
there are murderers.
Haitian government sanctions violence, opposition says
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- (AP) -- Opposition politicians accused Haiti's
government today of sanctioning violence in an alleged effort to derail
overdue elections and impose a dictatorship on the Caribbean nation.
``It is clear: Lavalas wants to restore dictatorship in Haiti,'' Serge
Gilles, head of the opposition Space for Concord coalition, said of former
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's Lavalas Family party.
Gilles' statements, broadcast on radio, followed the razing of an opposition
party headquarters on Saturday by Aristide supporters.
The attack came after a funeral for journalist Jean Dominique, a supporter of
Aristide and Aristide's hand-picked successor, President Rene Preval.
Dominique was assassinated April 3.
Prominent Haitians have reported receiving death threats amid rising
uncertainty over whether Preval's government will hold legislative and local
elections that have been postponed three times.
The opposition claims Preval and Aristide want to postpone elections until a
presidential vote in December, when Aristide will seek a second term. That
way, pro-Aristide candidates can ride Aristide's coattails to victory,
Aristide last week said he supported separate elections for the legislature
and presidency. He also denied his supporters were responsible for recent
political violence that has killed at least nine people.
Preval insists that Haiti won't hold elections until its elections council is
organized enough to run them.
At Dominique's otherwise peaceful funeral Saturday, a few dozen Aristide
activists threatened to kill opposition leader Evans Paul. Aristide and
Preval remained impassive during the outburst.
Afterward, about 100 Aristide supporters set ablaze the headquarters of
Paul's Confederation of Democratic Unity, which also housed the Space for
Concord office. Heavily armed police did not intervene.
Militants then stoned the headquarters of the opposition Struggling People's
Organization and threatened to burn down the anti-government Radio Vision
2000. The radio station has urged police to protect its reporters after
repeated death threats.
Aristide militants also threatened to attack the Haitian Chamber of Commerce,
whose president, Olivier Nadal, fled Haiti two weeks ago after persistent
death threats. The activists later appeared on state television to boast of
After repeated death threats, Paul called on a foreign diplomatic mission
this weekend to provide safe haven in Port-au-Prince for his family and
dozens of orphans who are his wards. He also said Aristide activists were
forcing Paul's partisans to flee their homes in Port-au-Prince's slums.
``They can eliminate me at any moment. I'm beginning to wonder whether
Dominique's death isn't part of a diabolical plot to have a pretext to muzzle
the opposition,'' Paul said in an interview.
The Canadian, French and U.S. embassies did not send representatives to
Dominique's funeral because they did not want to endorse a government attempt
to capitalize on his death, a diplomat told The Associated Press on condition
Aristide was elected president in 1990 but was overthrown in a 1991 army
coup. A U.S.-led intervention ousted the army-backed regime in 1994 and
restored Aristide to power. Haitian law prohibited Aristide from seeking a
consecutive term as president in 1995 elections.
Peace and love,
Bon Mambo Racine Sans Bout Sa Te La Daginen
"Se bon ki ra",
Good is rare - Haitian Proverb
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