Were Haitian Police Behind Assassination Attempt on Aristide?
March 24, 2017
Haiti's former president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, survived an assassination attempt last Friday when gunmen opened fire on Aristide's motorcade. Two bystanders were injured, but Aristide himself escaped unhurt. Jean-Bertrand Aristide served as an immensely popular president for six months in 1991, and then again from 2001 to 2004, and was ousted both times in a coup.
Jeb Sprague-Silgado says the firing on the former president's motorcade took place in the context of mass voter disenfranchisement and an attempt to rearrange the country politically away from left forces
New evidence has emerged recently in relation to the 2004 coup against Aristide. According to a report in the newspaper, Haiti Liberté, U.S. DEA agents kidnapped paramilitary leader Guy Philippe, and he was also arrested by Haitian law enforcement last month. Philippe himself was instrumental in organizing the capture of Aristide in 2004 at the behest of U.S. agents in Haiti. Philippe says that he was captured so he would not be able to testify about U.S. responsibility for the coup against Aristide. Joining us today to talk about these recent developments in Haiti is Jeb Sprague-Silgado. Jeb is the author of Para-militarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti. He also teaches sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara.