In your opinion, do you think the United States is taking the right stance in matter of Haiti?
The Organization of American States and the U.S. Embassy issued statements denouncing the violence.
''All political changes, be they in Gonaives, in the North or elsewhere in Haiti, must be done peacefully and democratically,'' the OAS statement
said. ``The response to violence is not more violence but the state's respect for law and human dignity.''
Now before you answer a simple yes or no answer, please take a few minutes to look at the situation in the collection of links and quotes
*My opinion has not yet been formulated, but I do think the United States be should more vocal on the issues since this tiny nation is in our
backyard. I am also curious about the relationship between President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the United States Government.
Death Toll now at 40 and officials counts are still not in.
Many Haiti watchers now fear a prolonged collapse similar to failed states like Somalia or Liberia - especially if the United States and the
international community do not take a greater role in resolving Haiti's many problems.
Wracked by worsening poverty and political violence, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's government may be losing control over key areas of the
country. Gonaives has been the scene of periodic violence since September, when a major figure, Amiot "Cubain" Metayer, was murdered. In the Central
Plateau, another group known as the Motherless Army, composed of former army members, has carried out assassinations of government officials and
Looting in Haiti
- Hundreds of Haitians looted TV sets, mattresses and sacks of flour from shipping containers Sunday in this port town, one of several communities
seized by rebels in a bloody uprising against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Using felled trees, flaming tires and car chassis, residents blocked
streets throughout St. Marc a day after militants drove out police in gunbattles that killed two people. Many residents have formed neighborhood
groups to back insurgents in their push to expel the president.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - An armed opposition group seized control of Haiti's fourth-largest city in clashes that killed at least four people, while
the government vowed to restore order.
Members of the Gonaives Resistance Front on Thursday set fire to the mayor's home in Gonaives, 70 miles northwest of Port-au-Prince, then doused the
police station with fuel, lighting it while officers fled, Haitian radio reports said.
More on violence in Haiti:
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide
A radical Catholic priest who defended liberation theology, he worked among Haiti's poor and was part of a group of progressive priests who opposed
the Duvalier dictatorship. He studied theology and sociology in Canada, England, Italy, and Israel, and was ordained in 1982. Expelled from his order
in 1988 because of his revolutionary teachings, he became the candidate of a coalition of leftist parties in the 1990 presidential elections and was
elected with an overwhelming majority. He was overthrown in a bloody military coup seven months after taking office, and went into exile in Venezuela
and later the United States. Aristide was returned to power in 1994 with the aid of the U.S. army. He formally resigned from the priesthood in 1994
and married in 1996. In 1995, René Préval was elected to succeed Aristide, who was barred from running; Aristide was again elected president in
"As a small crowd gathers, Saint Leger leads them in a chant: "Aristide, President! Aristide or death!"
An official statement from State Department spokesman Philip T. Reeker criticized the "serious irregularities" in Haiti's May vote count--a
position that has a certain comic appeal today, in light of America's own contested Presidential election.
Participation in the November election was in dispute. Haiti's election commission cited a 60.5 percent turnout, a figure corroborated by a small,
unofficial delegation of international monitors. The opposition, by contrast, claimed a 5 percent turnout, and the State Department--indicating its
allegiance--agreed that there was a low voter turnout and called for "reconciliation among all sectors of Haitian society."
Haiti Travel Warning Issued 1/30/2004
[Edited on 2-9-2004 by worldwatcher]