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Letters: US Blocking Aristide Return to Haiti

WikiLeaks confirms what grassroots people have been saying, which most of the media, including Guardian correspondent Rory Carroll, hid. Washington, which arrogantly assumed control of "democracy" in Haiti (and elsewhere), is keeping Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the twice democratically elected president it removed from power in 2004, out of Haiti (WikiLeaks points to US meddling in Haiti, 21 January).

The beloved Aristide, who abolished the army and tackled poverty by mobilising the population, doesn't fit in with Washington 's "democratic political future" for Haiti . But Duvalier, the dictator Haitians fought with bare hands to rid themselves of, who killed thousands and stole millions, is back. Asked about Duvalier's return, US state department spokesman PJ Crowley said: "This is a matter for the government of Haiti and the people of Haiti ." Asked about Aristide returning, he said: " Haiti does not need, at this point, any more burdens."

A year ago Haitians suffered the most devastating earthquake and an imported cholera epidemic; after millions were collected for aid they never saw, they still live in the rubble under a massive UN military presence (shamefully led by Brazil on Washington 's behalf). Yet another fraudulent election was foisted on them that kept Aristide's party, Fanmi Lavalas, off the ballot for a third time.  

This situation is intolerable. Over 200 prominent people, including Danny Glover, Oliver Stone and Benjamin Zephaniah, have signed a letter supporting Haitians' call for the return of President Aristide. If Haitians are to rebuild their country and their democracy, Washington, not Aristide, must be kept out.

Selma James


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Please sign this petition: Haiti Petition


Shame on those blocking the relief supplies getting to the people. May they suddenly realize they need to give them out now, Now, NOW and do so.

How about an active "Intention" Everyone on Wednesday 11 pm GMT UK time. Please join us!


We intend the supplies needed for the people of Haiti to be given out as needed, with more being delivered as necessary.




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