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Friday, April 15, 2005
 
Must be a really slow news weekend.


After more than a year, another US media outlet has finally noticed what the Bush family has done to Haiti. This editorial column was picked up and printed by the Topeka Capital-Journal (registration required). An excerpt:
..."summary executions are a police tactic", and the jails are filled with political prisoners “including the ousted constitutional government's Prime Minister Yvon Neptune and Interior Minister Jocelerme Privert.” Many of these prisoners are held without charge, beaten and denied medical help.

Cite Soleil, a horribly poor slum of 250,000 people, is under virtual lockdown, cut off from commercial traffic. Young men cannot leave for fear of arrest, since the neighborhood is known to support Aristide. People who are shot by police, army or pro-government thugs treat their injuries at home because anyone who shows up at a hospital with a bullet wound can be arrested. Bodies of victims can be seen in the streets, being devoured by dogs and pigs.

The goal of the present government seems to be to use violence and fear to intimidate the pro-Aristide population, which appears still to be the majority and who continue to demand the return of their elected president. It is eerily similar to the 1991-1994 dictatorship in both its objectives and methods....
OK, it's not the NYT, but at least the folks in Topeka had something to think about over their coffee this morning.
 
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