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News :: International
UN troops and police surround Haiti slum
06 Oct 2004
UN forces assist puppet regime in violent represison of popular insurrection in Haiti.
October 6, 2004 10:30 AM

UN troops and police surround Haiti slum

Haiti Information Project (HIP)

Port au Prince, Haiti (HIP) - UN forces using Armored
Personnel Vehicles (APV’s) and attack trained dogs are
currently taking up positions around the pro-Aristide
slum of Bel Air. They are joined by heavily armed
units of the Haitian police following a statement by
Minister of Justice Bernard Gousse that the
U.S.-backed government would give a “muscular
response” to opponents of the regime. This comes one
day after the Haitian National Police (PNH) and UN
officials held meetings to formulate a plan to end
armed resistance that broke out after police fired on
unarmed demonstrators on September 30th.

The slum of Bel Air has served as a rallying point for
recent demonstrations demanding the return of
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Aristide was ousted
on February 29th amid charges he was kidnapped by U.S.
Marines and is currently living in the Republic of
South Africa. Bel Air has been under a virtual state
of siege since September 30th and residents repelled
two nighttime raids by the police earlier this week.

A UN helicopter could been seen circling overhead as
APV’s manned by Brazilian troops took up positions
around the slum. Unidentified UN troops could be seen
handling what appeared to be special canine units as
frightened residents ran for cover. A spokesperson for
PNH announced the action involved 200 UN troops with
150 Haitian police and that more than 75 persons have
been arrested in Bel Air this morning.

Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva met with
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell yesterday where
the deteriorating situation in Haiti topped the
agenda. Brazil’s role in leading the UN mission was
recently criticized by representatives of Aristide’s
Lavalas party. They charged the UN forces did nothing
to stop the Haitian police from provoking this latest
crisis by firing on unarmed demonstrators on September
30th. Despite the destabilizing role played by the
Haitian police, UN Special Representative Juan Gabriel
Valdés reiterated “the U.S.-backed UN Stabilization
Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) will continue to work in
support of the Haitian police in maintaining public
order, thereby helping to ensure the security of
Haiti's citizens and respect for the rule of law.”


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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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