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Latest Haitian Coup Attempt and Cutoff of Loans Undermine Aristide Presidency
29 Dec 2001
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Kim Ives, an editor at the New York City-based Haiti Progres newspaper, who examines the forces who may have been behind this latest coup attempt.
Latest Haitian Coup Attempt and Cutoff of Loans Undermine Aristide Presidency

Interview by Between The Lines' Scott Harris

In the early morning hours of Dec. 17, 30 armed men stormed Haiti's presidential palace in an apparent coup attempt against the government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The attackers, who were reported to have worn the uniforms of the disbanded Haitian Army, killed two policemen before one of their number was killed by police in a six-hour shootout. Haitian authorities captured two suspects involved in the coup attempt, but the others escaped, fleeing toward the border with the Dominican Republic. As reports of the attack reached the Haitian people, thousands of Aristide supporters poured into the streets. Around the country, crowds attacked and killed four people who were suspected of collaborating with the coup plotters.

This is the second incident of serious violence visited upon Haiti since Aristide won a second term as president last November. Aristide first won the presidency in 1990, but was overthrown in a bloody military coup seven months into his term. The popular former Catholic priest was later reinstalled by a combined U.S./ U.N. force in 1994. Many observers see this latest episode of violence as a sign of sharpening conflict between the poor majority of the country and the wealthy elite whose party, the Democratic Convergence boycotted last November's election.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Kim Ives, an editor at the New York City-based Haiti Progres newspaper, who examines the forces who may have been behind this latest coup attempt(A RealAudioVersion of this interview may be found At http://www.btlonline.org).

Contact Haiti Progres at (718) 434-8100 or visit their Web site at www.haitiprogres.com

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