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« on: October 20, 2004, 06:07:31 PM »

The U.S. moves to arm its puppet regime in Haiti after supporting the overthrow of Haiti's first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Of course, the arms are not for the puppet government to protect the country from foreign invaders, like the U.S.. The arms are for the U.S. installed leaders to suppress the majority of poor Black people who oppose the U.S. inspired coup and puppet government. It is to suppress calls for the return of their own democratically elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

-- Ayinde

U.S. Lifts Arms Embargo on Haiti as Tensions Mount

WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (IPS) - Amid growing reports of violence in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, the United States announced Tuesday it will consider requests to sell weapons to the country's interim government on a case-by-case basis, signalling the end to a 13-year arms embargo.

The decision, confirmed by the State Department, appears designed to begin supplying weapons to the 2,500-man police force that has carried out gun battles with militants loyal to ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was flown into exile aboard a U.S.-chartered jet earlier this year.

The police, however, have also been accused of firing on peaceful pro-Aristide demonstrators and rounding up well-known leaders of Aristide's political movement, Lavalas.

Human rights group Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday denounced last week's arrest of the Reverend Gerard Jean-Juste while the priest was distributing food to hundreds of children and poor people at a church in a Port-au-Prince suburb.

According to testimony gathered by the London-based group, Jean-Juste was punched while being dragged out of the presbytery by police officers, some of who were wearing masks.

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