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17983: erzilidanto: Re: Another blatant error by John Danies Craft dessiminated on internet (fwd)
In response to John Danies Crafts' comments below, Ezilidanto responds:
It is gravely irresponsible for Mr. John Danies Craft to contend that
Aristide's election, which occurred in November, 2000, was invalid or tainted by
fraud in any manner. None of the international observers who where there found any
unfairness, or, as Mr. John Danies Craft writes below that "aristide stole
with his bandits the election of 2000. He is therefore not democratically or
freely elected." Au contraire, the most legitimate authorities, including the US
State Department and the OAS, clearly reported Aristide's election was not
marred by fraud and that he was duly and freely elected.
Thus, contrary to Mr. John Danies Crafts' allegations below, now being
disseminate on the internet, the journalist below, MICHAEL NORTON (who writes below)
, did get, at least, the last fact noted-below correct. Norton wrote "Aristide
is Haiti's first freely elected leader. He says he plans to serve out his
term until 2006." This is indisputable. For, there was never any allegations of
impropriety whatsoever in Haiti's presidential election whatsoever even by the
most anti-Aristide observers of that time. For Mr. Danies Craft to now say
otherwise, almost four years later, is simply outrageous. It's a palpable LIE
consistent with his other internet dissemination and clearly intended to further
confuse the issues in Haiti, feed the media campaign of misinformation and
continue Haiti's chaos, impasse and the obstruction and injustices caused by
such blatant lies.
Ezili Danto (See Below).
In a message dated 1/16/04 5:00:17 PM, Johndanies writes:
<< Contrary to what Michel Norton wrote at the end of his reportage: aristide
stole with his bandits the election of 2000. He is therefore not
democratically or freely elected. He has put ever since a juggernaut around the army with
the help of his pal Clinton and around the country with the help of the same
bandits that helped him stole the election. He is ready to re play "the
killing field" as originated by his role model Pol Pot of Cambodia.
Edited by JCD
Haiti Police Break Up Funeral Procession
46 minutes ago
By MICHAEL NORTON, Associated Press Writer
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Firing warning shots and tear gas, police stopped
mourners on Friday from approaching the presidential palace with the coffin of a
protester killed during a demonstration against President Jean-Bertrand
Two people were slightly wounded by police fire, witnesses said.
The clashes occurred during the funeral of Maxime Deselmour, 33, shot during
a Jan. 7 protest. As the funeral procession marched toward the National
Palace, with mourners shouting "Down with Aristide!" police fired into the air and
Aristide supporters hurled rocks.
Witnesses said Aristide supporters also fired shots as mourners fled past a
government office, hitting one person in the arm and grazing another's head.
Three were struck by stones.
Pressure has been building on Aristide's administration since his party swept
2000 legislative elections that observers said were flawed. Poverty has
deepened and unrest has risen. In the past four months, at least 46 people have
been killed in demonstrations.
Witnesses say Deselmour was killed when police and Aristide partisans were
firing shots to intimidate protesters. The shooting was under investigation.
"Maxime was committed to change, and he died fighting for it," said Bernard
Leveque, 29, a student and close friend of Deselmour.
Opposition is mounting against Aristide's embattled administration. A
movement made up of political parties, clergy, students and business leaders, refuses
to participate in new elections unless Aristide resigns.
But it remains unclear whether any of the movement's leaders has the
international backing and popular support to lead the country out of its deepening
This week at a special Summit of the Americas in Mexico, Aristide said
government representatives would meet in the Bahamas next week with the opposition
and members of the 15-member Caribbean Community. He said international
observers, including Canada, would monitor talks over setting up a nine-member
electoral council to set a date for new elections.
So far, the opposition was refusing to talk to Aristide.
"The opposition will not negotiate with Aristide but is ready to discuss with
Caribbean Community leaders," said Serge Giles, an opposition leader.
Aristide is Haiti's first freely elected leader. He says he plans to serve
out his term until 2006. >>
Ezilidanto responds it is irresponsible for Mr. John Danies Craft to contend
that Aristide's election which occurred in November, 2000 was invalid or
tainted in any manner. The internatinal observers who where there including the OAS
clearly reported Aristide's election was not marred by fraud or any
allegations of impropriety whatsoever.
In any event, no responsible international organization or observers
contended that Mr. Aristide's election which occurred in November, 2000 was invalid or
tainted in any manner as John Danies Craft says above.