Haitians Demand the Return of Aristide

March 10, 2009

On February 29, thousands marching in Haiti's capital city, Port-au-Prince, demanded the return of President Aristide and denounced "elections" planned for later this year under continued U.S.-UN occupation.  The demonstrators were marching on the five year anniversary of a U.S. marine invasion and coup d'etat in which U.S. special forces kidnapped President Aristide.
 
From exile in South Africa, President Aristide issued a statement condemning the planned elections as illegitimate and a "prolongation of the February 29, 2004 coup d'etat."   

Since the U.S. ousted the democratically elected constitutional government and imposed U.S.-UN military rule, the Haitian people have risen in struggle after struggle to demand Aristide's return, an end to the occupation, and the release of all political prisoners.