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|Posted Wednesday, January 16, 2008
|In Cap-Haitien, protesters chanted "Down with Preval, Down
|By Yves A. Isidor, wehaitians.com executive editor
CAMBRIDGE, MA, Jan. 16 - Four days after dressing in black, as if they were all
attending a funeral for a dear friend who expired a few days earlier, after the
automobile, for example, he was the conductor, was involved in a fatal accident, about
6,000 Haitian street vendors continued on their course by again marching in the streets of
Cap-Haitien, Haiti's second biggest city, today chanting "Down with Rene Preval, Down
with Jacques Edouard Alexis," respectively the extreme violence-issued president and
prime minister of Haiti the protesters chastised for the gross mismanagement of the
|A demonstrator reacts after Haitian police used tear gas to disperse
protesters in front of Haiti's agriculture ministry in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday Jan. 16,
2008. Demonstrators protested against the country's dependence on imported food, which
they consider the cause of the ongoing food crisis in Haiti.(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
The chanting of "Down with Preval, Down with Alexis," as another protest
against the nation's increasing dependence on imported food was in progress in the capital
city of Port-au-Prince, went on for such a long time that passerbys were rather under the
impression they were listening to a church choir rehearsing for an unspecified special
Permitting a reduced number of their Mafia-type friends to monopolize the never-healthy
minuscule economy, also by way of the corruption-ridden custom system, as blanket
devastating poverty becomes a lot more the norm, in addition to depriving the street
vendors of their rights to earn an honest living and enjoy a quality of life that is not
outside the accepted one, even by Third World standards, were also the many reasons why
the protesters returned to the streets today.
|Haitian police used tear gas to disperse protesters in front of Haiti's
agriculture ministry in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday Jan. 16, 2008. Demonstrators protested
against the country's dependence on imported food, which they consider the cause of the
ongoing food crisis in Haiti.(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
The protesters, as they did five days ago, again demanded that something be done about
the long and fast growing problem of kidnapping for ransom. "No more broken
promises," they also chanted.
|Deposed Haiti's totalitarian dictator, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, left, one
of the men largely responsible for Haiti's plethora of unparalleled continuing problems,
with South African President, Tabo Mbeki, after he was conferred a doctorate in African
languages, is now referred to as "Dr. Zulu." The term Zulu is the word by which
one of the many South African tribes is designated or distinguished from others.
In the end, protesters had a tubful of unpleasant words, that is personal insults, for
both, Preval (a former disgrafully failed neighborhood baker) and Alexis. Many expressed
their hatred for both men as others angrily told them not to continue to mess with the
lives of a population that is estimated to be 8.4 million - a quasi-encore.
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