Haiti's lawyer: US Is Arming Anti-Aristide Paramilitaries
Amy Goodman
Haiti's lawyer: US Is Arming Anti-Aristide Paramilitaries
Mon Mar 1 01:33:49 2004

Haiti's lawyer: US Is Arming Anti-Aristide Paramilitaries, Calls For UN Peacekeepers

By Amy Goodman and Jeremy Scahill

The US lawyer representing the government of Haiti charged today that the US government is directly involved in a military coup attempt against the country's democratically elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Ira Kurzban, the Miami-based attorney who has served as General Counsel to the Haitian government since 1991, said that the paramilitaries fighting to overthrow Aristide are being backed by Washington.

"I believe that this is a group that is armed by, trained by, and employed by the intelligence services of the United States," Kurzban told the national radio and TV program Democracy Now!. "This is clearly a military operation, and it's a military coup."

"There's enough indications from our point of view, at least from my point of view, that the United States certainly knew what was coming about two weeks before this military operation started," Kurzban said. "The United States made contingency plans for Guantanamo."
Allso reported today Aristide taken out of palace in handcuffs by US marines. Kidnapped- wherabouts unknown. US backed mob unable to ener capital- Venesuala ready to back aristide so Bush maakes his move to enable cou.



Feb. 27: Crisis in Haiti: Democracy Now! Special Broadcast hosted by Amy Goodman including rare interview with Haitian First Lady Mildred Aristide from inside the Presidential Palace in Port au Prince and on the ground breaking reports and analysis. Broadcast on the afternoon of February 27th, 2004.

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Archived Democracy Now! Coverage:

# Haiti Capital Braces For Attack
# Haiti: Different Coup, Same Paramilitary Leader
# Congressional Black Caucus: Bush Must Stop Haiti Coup
# Aristide Warns of Possible Refugee Crisis in Haiti
# Haitian Journalist Michele Montas Discusses Haiti and the Unsolved Murder Of Her Husband
# Haiti's Lawyer: U.S. Is Arming Anti-Aristide Paramilitaries
# Haiti in Crisis: Armed Gangs Capture Second Largest City
# History Repeating: Is A Coup Brewing in Haiti?
# Haitian Prime Minister: "Coup D'Etat Machine in Motion"
# Rep. Maxine Waters Charges U.S. Is Encouraging A Coup in Haiti
# Is Washington Backing Another Coup in Haiti?
# Haiti 1804-2004: Tens of Thousands Mark Bicentennial of Haitian Revolution


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