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Stop the attacks on former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the Lavalas Movement – San Francisco Bay View


2013-01-04T000011Z_1_CBRE903000E00_RTROPTP_2_HAITI-ARISTIDE 2013-01-04T000011Z_1_CBRE903000F00_RTROPTP_2_HAITI-ARISTIDEOn March 18, 2011, tens of thousands of people followed President Aristide’s car as it drove from the airport to his home, following his return from seven years of forced exile. They then climbed over the walls into the courtyard of the Aristides’ residence to continue an emotional and heart-felt greeting for Haiti’s first democratically elected president, overthrown in a U.S.-orchestrated coup in 2004. In his speech at the airport, President Aristide focused on education and the importance of inclusion for all Haitians in the process of restoring democracy.Since his return, President Aristide has done exactly what he promised to do – reopen the University of the Aristide Foundation UNIFA. On Sept. 26, 2011 the Medical School once again opened its doors. Today, there are over 900 students studying medicine, nursing and law at a university whose mission is to provide higher education to all sectors of Haitian society, not just the children of the rich.And yet, in spite of this powerful and important work, Aristide and other Lavalas leaders and activists remain the target of government harassment and attack. This is not surprising; after all, the Haitian government of Michel Martelly came to power after elections with a historically low turnout in which Fanmi Lavalas, Haiti’s most popular political party, was banned from participation. via San Francisco Bay View

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