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News ::
Haiti slum surrounded by police, bloodbath imminent
04 Oct 2004
“There is complete panic in Bel Air at
this moment, people have already been shot and we
expect this to be a massacre”
October 4, 2004 – 11:50 AM

Bel Air slum surrounded by police

Haiti Information Project (HIP)

Haiti Information Project (HIP) - A slum in the
capital is completely surrounded by the Haitian
National Police (PNH) this morning following four days
of violence and unrest. Heavily armed units of the
PNH are positioned at all major thoroughfares around
the community. “There is complete panic in Bel Air at
this moment, people have already been shot and we
expect this to be a massacre” said a frightened
resident.

Police attempted nighttime raids in Bel Air on October
2nd and 3rd but were forced to withdraw after meeting
fierce armed resistance. Shots could be heard
throughout the area for several hours on both nights
as residents fought a pitched battle with the police.

Bel Air is a slum in the capital of Port au Prince
that served as a launching site for recent
demonstrations commemorating the thirteenth
anniversary of the 1991 military coup against
Jean-Bertrand Aristide. On September 30th the police
opened fire on unarmed demonstrators provoking an
attack against a unit of the Unite de Securite
Presidentielle (U.S.P), a special security detail
assigned to Interim President Boniface Alexandre.
Members of the special police unit were seen firing on
demonstrators and collecting bodies before masked
gunmen returned fire killing three and wounding a
fourth who later died in the hospital.

The U.S.-backed government claims that the headless
bodies of the policemen were later recovered and that
Aristide backers have launched a campaign emulating
Iraq called “Operation Baghdad.” Representatives of
Aristide’s Family Lavalas party have denied the
allegations. They reiterated it was the police who
provoked the violence by firing on unarmed
demonstrators who were demanding the return of
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide who remains in exile
in the Republic of South Africa.

Political tensions ratcheted up further in Haiti after
three Lavalas representatives were arrested on Sunday
after participating in a broadcast on local Radio
Caraibes FM. During the course of the program, Former
Deputy Roudy Hérivaux, former Lavalas Senator Yvon
Feuillé, and former Lavalas Senator Gerald Gilles
denounced the violence and condemned the police for
firing on unarmed demonstrators on September 30th. At
5:55 PM the police entered Radio Caraibes and arrested
the three on charges of “inciting violence” related to
September 30th. The police action was condemned by the
management of Radio Caraibes stating that it “harms
the reputation of the station and is an infringement
of freedom of expression.” Radio Caraibes has
suspended broadcasting indefinitely in protest.

The police action in Bel Air began this morning after
the spokesperson for the Haitian National Police (PNH)
asked listeners on local Radio Metropole to call them
“if you suspect there are Lavalas chimere in your
neighborhood. We will come and get them immediately.”


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The Haiti Information Project (HIP) is a non-profit alternative news service
providing coverage and analysis of breaking developments in Haiti.

Contact: haitiinformationproject (at) yahoo.com
Phone: U.S.: 510-868-0215
See also:
http://www.haitiaction.net

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Thank Bush's Crew For Haiti's Misery!
04 Oct 2004
If Bush and Company wouldn't have meddled in Haiti's democracy? No one would be killing. But Bush and clan love to spread death and destruction for PNAC and Trilateralism.
When is the majority going to say enough? When the dissent of this country is being arrested for speech?