posted on Oct, 3 2004 @ 06:42 AM
Protests in support for the return of ousted President Jean Bertrand Aristide has left 12 people dead in Haiti. Several incidents have led to the
decapitation of 3 Haitian police officers, which rebels have dubbed "Operation Baghdad". With charges of conspiracy against the U.S. government for
Aristide's sudden departure, the Anti USA sentiment is growing among Pro Aristide supporters, who commit violence against anyone who opposes them.
The headless bodies of three police officers turned up Friday. They, along with a fourth policeman, were killed in clashes Thursday in the capital
Port-Au-Prince, police said.
"Aristide's partisans have begun an urban guerrilla operation that they call Operation Baghdad," human rights activist Jean-Claude Bajeux said
Saturday. "The decapitations are imitative of those in Iraq, and they are meant to show the failure of U.S. policy in Haiti."
Aristide's Lavalas Family party on Thursday began three days of commemoration of the 1991 coup that toppled Aristide's first government. They are
demanding an end to the "occupation" by foreign troops - referring to the U.S.-led force that followed Aristide's February ouster and U.N.
peacekeepers who have taken over since June.
Aristide, now in exile in South Africa, has accused U.S. agents of kidnapping him when he was flown out of Haiti on a U.S.-chartered jet amid a bloody
rebellion. But the U.S. government insists Aristide left of his own free will.
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I am sorry to be saying this, but with people starving and homeless in your country, finding time to protest for the return of Aristide seems
absolutely absurd to me. I can't believe that these Haitians are now using the methods of terrorists from Iraq to make their point. How can anyone
say the world is a safer place than it was before the Invasion of Iraq? You can't. Not when the idealogy of terrorism seems to be spreading to the
far corners of the world.