Press for Conversion #60
Publisher: Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
Date Written: 01/03/2007
Year Published: 2007
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX16170
This issue of the magazine exposes ten ways in which Canada's Liberal government was complicit in aiding and abetting the 2004 coup d'état that ousted President Aristide's democratically-elected government and supporting the illegal, coup-installed regime that was responsible for two-year human rights catastrophe that followed.
Abstract: This issue of the magazine exposes ten ways in which Canada's Liberal government was complicit in (1) aiding and abetting the 2004 coup d'état that ousted President Aristide's democratically-elected government and (2) supporting the illegal, coup-installed regime that was responsible for two-year human rights catastrophe that followed.
In early 2004, a U.S.-funded, trained and armed paramilitary force of former CIA-backed death squads and disbanded military men attacked Haitian police stations, massacred government supporters and released human rights abusers from prisons. The U.S., Canada and France did nothing to assist Haiti's beleaguered government but actually demanded that it share power with representatives of Haiti's wealthy corporate elite that had lost the 2000 elections and supported the rebels. On February 28, President Aristide was kidnapped and forced into exile by U.S. Marines, with help from a foreign occupation force of Canadian and French troops. That day, Haiti's popular governmentwhich had a clear mandate to govern until 2006was illegally replaced by a puppet regime approved by Aristide's opposition, the occupation governments and the UN Security Council. This brutal, coup-installed regime was responsible for a two-year reign of terror in which thousands of prodemocracy supporters were executed and many more jailed without charge.