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7633: Lavalas symbolism backfires (fwd)
Titid sits in his padded armchair (fotèy boure) thinking of new ways to
enhance his image. But things don't always turn the way they're supposed to.
A select group of destitutes were scheduled for a televized meal at the
National Palace earlier today, when some ungrateful characters got up to
complain that their allocations weren't enough to meet the high cost of
living. Allocations? What allocations? Next, said an impatient Titid!
But the real trouble was outside. Other destitutes not invited for the feast
staged a loud demonstration at the palace gate. "Those people" (moun sa yo),
they complained, in reference to the Lavalas government, "want to keep
everything for themselves. They forget how much we sacrificed to put them
there." The CIMO special patrol intervened forcefully, smashing heads and
shooting into the crowd.
Titid, the priest, had more success washing the feet of the poor around this
time of year at his St. Jean Bosco church in the La Saline slum. Are the
poor growing more impatient or disillusioned? Stay tuned.