Haiti Deja Vu, All Over Again

Avril's crackdown brings back the bad old days

It was too much to expect that a hardscrabble little country like Haiti, for | so long devastated by tyrants, disease and poverty, could achieve democracy in any reasonable time. Yet that was the hope 16 months ago, when Lieut. General Prosper Avril, 52, ousted dictator Henri Namphy and swiftly pledged to step aside after holding elections. That promise, Avril declared, was "irreversible."

So much for hope, so much for promises. Last week Haiti lay in the grip of "a state of siege" declared by Avril's government and launched by his 1,200-man Presidential Guard. Citing "an increase of violence," the regime...

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