A United States naval force still stands at alert in international waters off Haiti, ready to evacuate the 1,500 American there if the situation deteriorates further.
The force includes an aircraft carrier and Marines. Its strength has given rise to speculation that it might also intervene more directly if the reign of terror, which President Duvalier is intensifying, spreads further.
Haiti has clamped down a heavy press censorship and correspondents are having to go to the Dominican Republic before sending their reports. But all accounts speak of terror, arson and murder on a growing scale, instigated by President Duvalier’s private army, the merciless Tonton Macoutes (“Bogeymen”). via | guardian.co.uk.