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6621: Washington DC (fwd)
Well, here I am in Washington. Its interesting because whenever you tell some
one in Haiti that you're going to Washington, they think you're going to talk
and determine policy with the powers that be. Far from the case this time,
however, one interesting note. While I was going through the airport in Miami
I noticed that the loudspeaker announcements are now in English, Spanish AND
Creole. Immigration treaties can't be far behind.
Some real interesting political turns in Haiti. The Parallel government group
travelled to the Dominican Republic the other day to meet with members of the
International Socialists who also happen to be part of the Dominican Ministry
of the Interior. For these guys to be talking parallel government and to be
coming and going in and out of Haiti at will, they must have some kind of
pretty strong back-up. Sometimes these things (parallel governments, etc.)
that sound so ludicrous have to be taken seriously. Did they get their
passports stamped at immigration by the current government? Why weren't they
blocked and kept from returning to Haiti as destabalizers? Why didn't the
"chime" barricade the streets? Perhaps "Atensyon pa kapon". This is the first
time a political group has stood up to Lavalas since the return and Lavalas
has quietly backed down.
Even more incredible. One of the popular organizations backing Lavalas came
out and said they were going to use the opposition's skin as paper and
opposition blood as ink and opposition skulls as inkwells. The next day other
popular organizations backing Lavalas came out and distanced themselves from
those preaching the violence. In the past Lavalas has waited months before
distancing themselves from violence.
P.S. they told me at the airport that Alexis arrived in Washington a bit
before me. People sure love pre-inauguration intrigue.