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Protesters Rail Against Haitian Election Results

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Posted on Dec 8, 2010
AP / Guillermo Arias

Supporters of presidential candidate Michel Martelly run from tear gas shot by U.N. forces during a protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Wednesday.

The results of the Nov. 28 presidential election in Haiti did not sit well with thousands of Haitians, according to Reuters. They took to the streets around the country to protest Wednesday.

Reuters:

At least two people were killed in the flaring violence, which appeared to dash international hopes that the U.N.-backed elections held on Nov. 28 could create a stable new leadership for Haiti, an impoverished nation struggling to recover from a devastating January earthquake.

Port-au-Prince descended into chaos as supporters of popular musician and presidential candidate Michel Martelly, who failed to qualify for an election run-off in results announced by electoral authorities, set up burning barricades of timber, boulders and flaming tires across the city.

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By PatrickHenry, December 9, 2010 at 7:24 am Link to this comment

A little revolution is good thing from time to time.

We haven’t seen any here in American since the Vietnam war demonstrations.

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By JosephConad, December 9, 2010 at 5:03 am Link to this comment
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The US has demeaned, degraded and debased Haiti ever since it won its freedom from France. It regularly let in Cuban ‘boat people’ with little difficulty. Haitian boat people got quarantined because of AIDS fears. When former president Aristide was compelled to go into exile, the fingerprints of the CIA were all over the event. Indeed, the US had th UN send in brazilian peacekeepers to quell the post-departure discord. Onc there, the US used them to test out various techniques of urban warfare. The rsults were horrific slaughter of thousands of Haitians. But good reaserch results for the US military…   

More recently, the US and its corpoations have tied   to find ways to gain access to and control of Haitian natural and energy resources. The recent earthquake revealed previous US corporate assessmens were accuate - Haiti is ‘super rich’ in Oil, Gas and minerals because it sits on the intersection of 3 tectonic plates pushing up mineral wealth to the surface uing th earhquake. Today, the US continues its ill-treatment of the people (using disease and violence) and support of the ‘mulatto elite’ to gain resource exploitation concessions. FOUL STUFF!

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By rico, suave, December 8, 2010 at 11:39 pm Link to this comment

The general population of Haiti is against the results. The US government is also against the results. This convergence must be VERY inconvenient for run of the mill truthdiggers.

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