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3/02/2004 01:36:00 AM | Liz

Different take on Haiti
This all came up yesterday, but in case anyone hasn't heard about it...

Democracy Now reports:
"Multiple sources that just spoke with Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide told Democracy Now! that Aristide says he was 'kidnapped' and taken by force to the Central African Republic."

"Robinson said that Aristide 'emphatically' denied that he had resigned. 'He did not resign,' he said. 'He was abducted by the United States in the commission of a coup.' "


The White House press secretary denies the claims in a Press Briefing:
"Q Thank you. Can you describe what the United States knows about the conditions under which President Aristide left Haiti? Do we know, did he leave of his own? Was he forcibly --

MR. McCLELLAN: No, that's nonsense. I would just say -- I've seen some of the reports. Conspiracy theories do nothing to help the Haitian people move forward to a better, more free and more prosperous future. Mr. Aristide said in his statement -- it was a little bit more than this, but he said, 'Tonight I'm resigning in order to avoid a bloodbath. I accept to leave with the hope that there will be life, and not death.'

We took steps to protect Mr. Aristide and his family so they would not be harmed as they departed Haiti.

Q So it's your understanding it was entirely his decision?

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes."

It will be interesting to see if Mr. Aristide actually made the allegations or if it is coming from other sources, and if he is making them, if anything comes of them.



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