After almost 25 years of living in exile in France, former Haitian Dictator Jean Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier returned to Haiti today on an Air France flight that must have forgotten to check for IDs. Ousted from power in 1986, Duvalier was notorious for ruling Haiti with terror and violence, torturing and killing political opponents with gangs known as the Tonton Macoute.
We were watching the Patriots-Jets
game debacle at the hotel La Reserve when press started flocking the restaurant, as rumors were swirling that he would be making a stop there. Not really sure what he looked like, every time an older Haitian man walked into the lobby everyone looked at each other and enthusiastically asked, “Is that him?! Go take a picture!!!” Bottom line, he never showed, and we went home.
No one is really sure why he decided to do a reunion tour of Haiti at this particular moment, and there are rumors that he may hold a press conference tomorrow to flesh out the details. I mean, with the earthquake, cholera, and a fraudulent election creating a political vacuum in Haiti, why not come back now? The AP article that’s linked below did make a good point though: with over half of the population in Haiti under the age of 21, most of the people here weren’t even alive when Baby Doc was killing his opponents and ruling the country with terror. Now, if we could only get Aristide back here too, then we could have a party.
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