Africa Today January 23, 2017 | Robert Roth and Pierre Labossiere Discuss Lessons From Haiti: Mobilizing Against Repression, Building A People's Movement, Resisting Stolen Elections | African Elements: Black Studies
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Africa Today January 23, 2017 | Robert Roth and Pierre Labossiere Discuss Lessons From Haiti: Mobilizing Against Repression, Building A People’s Movement, Resisting Stolen Elections

KPFA Radio’s Africa Today | Robert Roth and Pierre Labossiere Discuss Lessons From Haiti: Mobilizing Against Repression, Building A People’s Movement, Resisting Stolen Elections

January 23, 2017

[Click Here To Visit Africa Today], A weekly news program providing information and analysis about Africa and the African Diaspora, hosted by Walter Turner.

INTRODUCTION

In 1990, Jean Bertrand Aristide became Haiti’s first elected president in free and peaceful elections. He was overthrown in a coup, which occurred in 1994. In 1995, UN peacekeepers came into the country of Haiti to ensure the return of Aristide. Aristide was elected president in 2000, and in 2004 he was again overthrown in a coup. Rene Preval came into office in 2006 and was in office at the time of the massive earthquake that hit the country in 2010. In 2010, .

Amdst continued resistance, protests by many segments of the Haitian society for free and representative elections the policies of neoliberalism continue and grow, under Preval, and the influence of the Bill Clinton Foundation. Michel Martelly came into office and held office until the elections of 2015. Some have referred to the elections of 2016 as an “electoral coup.” Robert Roth and Pierre Labossiere of the Haiti Action Committee join Walter Turner to sort through and clarify recent events in the country of Haiti.

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