[Marxism] LaTortue cuts CARICOM, pulls Amb'sador from Jai/US GIs shout absurdities

Chris Brady cdbrady at sbcglobal.net
Mon Mar 15 17:20:40 MST 2004

Haiti suspends ties with CARICOM 

Associated Press, 15 mars 2004 

Haitian appointed Prime Minister Gerard Latortue announced Monday he
temporarily suspended his country's membership in the Caribbean
Community and Common Market (CARICOM) ... because the bloc had voiced
support to Aristide's presidency when considering his ouster was clouded
by unclear circumstances. 


Haiti Withdraws Ambassador From Jamaica 

by PETER PRENGAMAN, AP,  15 mars 2004 

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Haiti's interim prime minister withdrew his
ambassador to Jamaica on Monday and suspended relations with the fellow
Caribbean country over ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's return
from African exile.
Aristide complained his private foundation's University of Peace had
been made into a U.S. military base in Port-au-Prince, and that teachers
at the state hospital's medical school had been threatened and were
afraid to go to work. During the monthlong rebellion that led to
Aristide's flight, hospitals in Haiti have been violated by gunmen ... 
Officials detained at least six Aristide partisans Sunday for suspected
involvement in criminal activities, opposition politician Evans Paul
said. A police log book showed that among them were Harold Severe, a
former deputy mayor of Port-au-Prince, and Jacques Nazaire, a former
security chief at the National Palace. Police said they and others were
detained in suburban Petionville and transferred elsewhere. 

The French, who have not come under fire in Haiti, have an easier time
communicating with Haitians, who generally understand only Creole or
French. U.S. Marines have been shouting commands in English at Haitians.
U.S. troops are also resented because of Aristide's allegations of a
forced ouster Feb. 29. 
More than 300 people died before Aristide fled, according to estimates
by The Associated Press and the Pan American Health Organization. 

Aristide's departure was delayed for several hours Sunday while Central
African President Francois Bozize said he would decide whether to allow
him to leave. Aristide said he believed Bozize had to consult with the
three countries that had organized his exile in Bangui - the United
States, France and Gabon.

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