Thousands of Supporters March for Aristide

Supporters of former Haitian President and liberation theologian Jean-Bertrand Aristide marched through Port-au-Prince on Wednesday this week calling for his return from exile and protesting his [Fanmi Lavalas] party’s exclusion from upcoming elections. Thousand protesters joined in the march, which marked Aristide’s rise to power as Haiti’s first democratically elected president in December 1990. The demonstrators accused the government of President René Préval, a one-time Aristide ally, of planning a fraudulent legislative ballot and said they would boycott the vote in the impoverished Caribbean nation [also see Haiti bans Fanmi Lavalas party from 2010 election].

Aristide’s populist Fanmi Lavalas political movement has been banned from participating in the election on grounds it failed to meet the legal requirements for registration. Dr. Maryse Narcisse, a leading member of Aristide’s party, is quoted by Reuters as saying that the upcoming elections are “a big farce,” adding that “The president and election officials are the masterminds behind the plan to exclude the majority of the population from the vote.” The elections will be held on February 28, 2010.

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3 thoughts on “Thousands of Supporters March for Aristide

  1. Hello

    I’ve just uploaded two rare interviews with the Catholic activist Dorothy Day. One was made for the Christophers [1971]–i.e., Christopher Closeup– and the other for WCVB-TV Boston [1974].

    Day had begun her service to the poor in New York City during the Depression with Peter Maurin, and it continued until her death in 1980. Their dedication to administering to the homeless, elderly, and disenfranchised continues with Catholic Worker homes in many parts of the world.

    Please post or announce the availability of these videos for those who may be interested in hearing this remarkable lay minister.

    They may be located here:

    Thank you

    Dean Taylor

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