Haiti a Timely Appeal

Struggling to stay on course

To Haitians who endured the 28-year rule of the Duvalier dynasty, it was a vivid replay of an old nightmare. A sudden police fusillade two weeks ago outside Port-au-Prince's Fort Dimanche, once a prison and torture center of the feared Tonton Macoute, killed eight marchers protesting Duvalier-era atrocities and wounded 20. The violence sparked demands for the resignation of the National Council of Government that has ruled since President-for-Life Jean-Claude ("Baby Doc") Duvalier fled in February. Last week the military- backed junta, which has been criticized for its plodding efforts at reform, took steps to mollify the volatile mood of its...

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