Haiti bids farewell to Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier | The Miami Herald

Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier was cremated Saturday, according to friends who accompanied his body back to the funeral home after a simple Catholic Mass in which he was remembered as the 19-year-old boy president who became a wise man.President Michel Martelly denied an official send-off to Duvalier, Haiti’s ninth president-for-life and one of its most controversial leader.There was no national anthem sung, no flags lowered to half-staff and no official mourning period. But there was a Haitian flag draping his dark brown coffin. It was not the black and red adopted by him and his father, Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, during their 29-year father-and-son dictatorial rule, but rather the blue and red flag reintroduced after the regime’s fall on Feb. 7, 1986.In Haiti, that flag has come to symbolize anti-Duvalierism and the vexing struggle for democratic rule. via | The Miami Herald


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