The Acts of the Democracies




Occupation of Haiti

In Haiti, a popular folk singer is released after two years imprisonment without charge.

Anette Auguste (65) was arrested and incarcerated without chanrge by USA marines after they had removed the democratically elected leader, Jean-Bertrand Aristade in 2004. The singer had been a supporter of the former prime minster. According to the human rights group, Amnesty International, the singer was arrested for "possessing information that could pose a threat to the US military force".

In the shantytown of Cit´┐Ż Soleil where support is strong for the USA-ousted former president, Jean Bertrand Aristide, is still strong, United Nations forces have attacked civilians, shooting at and into houses. One such attack was witnessed by David Welsh, a USA citizen who saw one death and nine injuries.

Since the USA removed the elected government in Haiti in 2004, some 8,000 people have died due to political violence. Over 30,000 women (half of them under 18) have been raped by police and vigilante groups. Most of the victims belong to the political party of the ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristade.

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