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Haiti's Coup - March 5, 2004

Godfather Colin Powell: The Gangster of Haiti

Haiti's rebels abandon claims of power
after brief talk with Marines

Reuters , Port-Au-Prince, Haiti via taipeitimes.com
The decision by rebel leader Guy Philippe, whose month-long revolt led to Aristide's downfall, came after a brief meeting with the top US Marine officers in Haiti. He was told the US expected him to honor his word and disarm. "We have decided to lay down our arms," Philippe said a day after announcing that he was chief of the military and police, in defiance of the US, which is heading a UN-authorized mission to restore order. "The Front from now on has no men patrolling the streets," Philippe said, referring to the rebel forces. Full Article

Jamaica returns arms to S Africa
Plane with weapons for Haiti landed in Kingston Sunday
Observer Reporter, March 05, 2004
A South African military aircraft, which arrived too late with arms and equipment destined for the Haitian police, spent four days on the tarmac at Kingston's Norman Manley Airport before returning home on Wednesday with all its cargo onboard, the Jamaican government confirmed last night. The South African press had reported last week that President Thabo Mbeki had agreed to send guns, bullets and bullet-proof vests to Haiti's ill-equipped police force to help Aristide, who was facing an armed insurrection, defend himself. Full Article

US faces mounting international
fury over Aristide's 'forced' exit

By Andrew Gumbel, independent.co.uk
South Africa added its voice last night to a growing international chorus questioning the circumstances surrounding Jean-Bertrand Aristide's departure from Haiti and demanded an investigation into allegations that the US forcibly removed a democratically elected president from office. In a thinly veiled attack on the Bush administration, South Africa's Foreign Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said that if Mr Aristide had been prised from power against his will, it would have "serious consequences and ramifications for the respect of the rule of law and democracy the world over". Full Article

Aristide wishes to return to Haiti
HAVANA, March 5 (Xinhua) -- The ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide said in Bangui on Thursday he wished to return to Haiti, a Haitian radio station in the capital city of Port-au-Prince reported. Aristide said he was not officially resigned as the president and hoped he could return to Haiti, the report cited Aristide as saying on Thursday.
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Supporters Question Aristide Letter
By Paisley Dodds And Michelle Faul
Associated Press Writers, newsday.com

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Supporters of ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide are questioning whether Aristide's resignation was voluntary or forced. Aristide said he was forced to sign the letter as he fled Haiti on Sunday, and he refused to confirm in a subsequent interview that he had resigned. His comments, broadcast by radio stations in Haiti, have won sympathy at home where some expressed doubt about whether the resignation was genuine. Full Article

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