Friday, October 3, 2014

Video: See tear gas fly at rally for twice-ousted ex-Haiti president Aristide - RT Ruptly

Thousands took to the streets of Port-au-Prince Tuesday to mark the 23rd anniversary of the US-backed military coup that ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from power in 1991.

The demonstration was called by Aristide's banned political party and popular movement Famni Lavalas, or "Great Flood." One of the protesters' demands is for Aristide's house arrest to be lifted, which has been in effect since September 11. Aristide is under investigation for alleged acts of corruption, money laundering and drug smuggling - charges he and members of his party deny.

The 1991 military intervention is remembered by Aristide’s social base as a "bloody coup" which claimed the lives of thousands.

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