Haiti: Unwelcome Returns

Unwelcome Returns

He is feared and reviled as the former Minister of the Interior and Defense under the exiled dictator Jean-Claude ("Baby Doc") Duvalier and the onetime head of the dreaded Tontons Macoutes, but when Roger Lafontant arrived in Port-au-Prince from exile in Santo Domingo last week, he was given a VIP reception despite orders from the government not to admit him. Lafontant's unwelcome return came only a few days after the arrival of another exiled Duvalier associate, Major General Williams Regala.

A one-day general strike called by the Unity Assembly on Wednesday to protest their return brought the country to a standstill....

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