[Marxism] Democracy Now: "Hundreds of Corpses Fill Haiti Morgues"
james.irldaly at ntlworld.com
Mon Apr 12 14:23:50 MDT 2004
Hundreds of Corpses Fill Haiti Morgues
Monday, April 12th, 2004
We speak with an attorney with the National Lawyers Guild which
recently sent a delegation to Haiti. He says he saw hundreds of
corpses being dumped by morgues in Haiti and describes bodies coming
in with plastic bags over their heads and hands tied behind their
backs, piles of corpses burning in fields and pigs eating their flesh.
It has been a little over a month since Haitian President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted and a new U.S.-backed government was
installed in what Aristide has called a "modern-day kidnapping in
service of a coup."
U.S. troops were ordered to Haiti within one hour of President
Aristide's departure even though both President Bush and Secretary of
State Colin Powell had said they would not deploy more forces there
until there was a political solution. Despite the 3,500 U.S.-led
troops in the country, the battle for control is still being waged in
numerous Haitian towns.
The Jamaica Observer is reporting that gang leaders and paramilitaries
still control large swaths of northern Haiti, sometimes jailing
suspected criminals, sometimes persecuting Aristide supporters. They
patrol the streets, dispensing their own brand of justice, arresting
and jailing alleged criminals while hoping to eventually become paid
police officers or soldiers in a new Haitian army.
Louis Jodel Chamblain, convicted in absentia for the 1994 Raboteau
massacre, spends much of his time in Cap Haitien. Most of his men, 20
to 35 years old, have a new long-term objective: to serve in a new
version of the Haitian army. Aristide abolished the army in 1995 as a
coup-prone machine responsible for human rights violations.
The National Lawyers Guild and several organizations denounced the
U.S. government for its role in the forced removal of President
Aristide. They demanded a Congressional investigation into the role of
the U.S. government in the deliberate destabilization of the Haitian
government and the implementation of the coup; an immediate end to the
repression and daily attacks on those demanding the return of
President Aristide; and support for Haitian refugees.
The National Lawyers Guild recently sent a delegation to Haiti to meet
with victims and their families, witnesses and grassroots leaders.
Attorney Tom Griffin was part of that delegation.
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