Friday, March 18, 2011

Today’s Video: Aristide's arrival

We'll be back over the weekend to publish several posts in order to make up for the lack of articles during the past few days. On Saturday the focus will be on U.S. President Barack Obama's diplomatic trip to Latin America while we'll analyze other stories of interest on Sunday.

In the meantime, the following video from TeleSUR showed the arrival of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Port-au-Prince on Friday morning:

"Today the Haitian people mark the end of exile and coup d'etats while peacefully we must move from social exclusion to social inclusion," Aristide said to reporters who gathered at the Toussaint L'Overture Airport. He did not address Sunday's upcoming presidential runoff though he did critique the exclusion of his Fanmi Lavalas party from participating in the elections.

Hundreds of jubilant supporters cheered and held signs of support while he traveled from the airport to his former home in the neighborhood of Tabarre. Aristide backers living in the Miami enclave of Little Haiti also celebrated the return of "Titid" to his homeland.

Aristide returned to the Caribbean country on a flight from South Africa and after having spent nearly eight years in exile. Traveling with him where several family members as well as actor Danny Glover who deemed Aristide's return as "a historic moment for the Haitian people."

The U.S. officials were none too pleased over the past week with rumors over Aristide's return. On Tuesday Obama called his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, and urged him to delay Aristide from leaving until after Sunday's runoff. National Security Council spokesperson Tommy Vietor expressed the government's "deep concerns that President Aristide’s return to Haiti in the closing days of the election could be destabilizing."

Video Source - TeleSUR via YouTube
Online Sources - Reuters, CNN, NPR,, CBC News, IOL

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