HAITI: Picnic Campaign

Festooned with colored lights and filled with little tables & chairs, the ordinarily bare parade ground of Port-au-Prince's broad Champs-de-Mars wore the air of a fête champêtre. While bands blared meringues through the soft tropical night, 15,000 happy Haitians downed free rice, beans, griots (fried pork), and heady island rum. Nearby cinemas and bars offered free movies and more free drinks. From time to time loudspeakers broadcast polite speeches by politicians suggesting that the picnickers might vote for Colonel Paul Magloire for President.

For more than a month Haitians have been reeling...

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