This article was written five years ago in the last days of February 2004 in response to the barrage of disinformation in the mainstream media.
It was completed and published on Global Research on February 29th, the day of President Jean Bertrand Aristide’s kidnapping and deportation, with the complicity of France and Canada. The article focusses on the history of the US led coup, including its preparations. It also outlines the process of economic destabilization under the helm of the IMF and the World Bank which played a key role in the events leading up to the military coup.
On the fifth anniversary of the US sponsored military coup, which led to the unseating of Haiti’s democratically elected president Jean Bertrand Aristide, the legitimacy of US and allied military presence under UN mandate in Haiti is being actively questioned. A one day conference is being held at the University of Ottawa to debate Canada’s role in Haiti.
To view the live webcast of this event on Feb 28, 9am-5.30pm click below
Michel Chossudovsky, 28 February 2009
The armed insurrection which contributed to unseating President Aristide on February 29th 2004 was the result of a carefully staged military-intelligence operation.
The Rebel paramilitary army crossed the border from the Dominican Republic in early February. It constitutes a well armed, trained and equipped paramilitary unit integrated by former members of Le Front pour l’avancement et le progrès d’Haiti (FRAPH), the “plain clothes” death squadrons, involved in mass killings of civilians and political assassinations during the CIA sponsored 1991 military coup, which led to the overthrow of the democratically elected government of President Jean Bertrand Aristide
The self-proclaimed Front pour la Libération et la reconstruction nationale (FLRN) (National Liberation and Reconstruction Front) is led by Guy Philippe, a former member of the Haitian Armed Forces and Police Chief. Philippe had been trained during the 1991 coup years by US Special Forces in Ecuador, together with a dozen other Haitian Army officers. (See Juan Gonzalez, New York Daily News, 24 February 2004).
The two other rebel commanders and associates of Guy Philippe, who led the attacks on Gonaives and Cap Haitien are Emmanuel Constant, nicknamed “Toto” and Jodel Chamblain, both of whom are former Tonton Macoute and leaders of FRAPH.
In 1994, Emmanuel Constant led the FRAPH assassination squadron into the village of Raboteau, in what was later identified as “The Raboteau massacre”: read article