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"Hundreds Killed Every Day" by Well-Equipped Former Military

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Issue: 16 Section: International News Geography: Latin America Haiti

March 16, 2004

"Hundreds Killed Every Day" by Well-Equipped Former Military

The 28-year-old former mayor of Milo, a town of 50,000 in northern Haiti, told reporters that the formerly disbanded Haitian military is now killing hundreds of people. Jean Charles Moise, who is now in hiding, said that "the journalists are in Port-au-Prince, but here in the north no one is reporting what's going on, that the former Haitian military is killing people. They are killing about 50 people a day in Cap Haitien."

Moise also said the former army has been equipped with sophisticated weaponry, including helicopters and planes, and asked reporters to find out where it was coming from. He said that the army, which killed thousands of Haitian dissidents during the US-supported Duvalier dictatorships, was traditionally used to oppress the poor of Haiti before it was disbanded by President Aristide in 1994.

Moise also drew attention to the achievements of Haiti's democratic government, and asked why the US chose to destabilize the country with an aid embargo.

"One has to ask, why is all of this happening? Is this because we used to have only 10 public high schools but now we have over 150?"

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