Gerard Latortue, Haiti's Illegitimate Ruler
U.S.-and-French-installed Viceroy of Haiti, Gerard Latortue, is now demanding that the sovereign nation of Jamaica refuse to allow legitimately elected Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to stay on the neighboring island country, according to this report from Reuters:
Haiti's new leader fired a diplomatic broadside at Jamaica on Friday for allowing ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to visit, while U.S. and French troops came under renewed attack by gunmen...
Latortue announced he might fly to Haiti's Caribbean neighbor this weekend to pursue an agreement with Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson to limit Aristide's stay.
"Since the word was known yesterday afternoon that Aristide is coming to Jamaica we have observed an increase in tensions in Port-au-Prince," Latortue told reporters.
According to the US Government's Voice of America, Washington wants Aristide muzzled while in Jamaica, too.
This is "democracy?" No, this is what the aftermath of a coup d'etat looks like. According to the Associated Press:
Latortue brushed aside Aristide's claims that he never formally stepped down as president.
"Otherwise, what am I doing here?" Latortue asked reporters.
Is that a rhetorical question? Where is Aristide's alleged "resignation letter"? AP's own translation of the supposed "resignation" letter reveals that it was not a resignation at all, not by any legal standard. The text that the US Embassy "translated" from the original Creole as "tonight I am resigning" more truthfully translates to "if tonight is my resignation." What kind of "resignation" is that? (And why haven't AP and other Commercial Media followed up on that story?)
What is Mr. Latortue doing there? He is presiding over an illegitimate government, imposed by violent coup d'etat.
Meanwhile, denials of recent weeks by Colin Powell and other US officials that they had been gagging Aristide from speaking by dumping him in the Central African Republic (another land of a coup installed illigitimate government) were proved to have been lies, today, when Powell got on the phone - according to the reports above - to Jamaican officials and insisted that they stop Aristide from exercising free speech there.
This is all going to come to a boil soon at an upcoming Caribbean Community of nations (CARICOM) meeting this month in St. Kitts... Who will the Caribbean nations recognize as the legitimate governor of Haiti? The one who did not resign and was removed - even by Washington's admission - by threat of force? Or the one who was never elected, but, rather, installed under an illegal process?
It is impossible for any honest journalist to describe Mr. Latortue as a legitimate prime minister. He is not. You will know the dishonest ones by their failure to tell the whole story.
In the meantime, the job ahead for Authentic Journalists and truth tellers everywhere is to spread the word: Coup-installed Gerard Latortue - who has spent recent years in Boca Raton, Florida, living high off an oligarch's TV station - is an illegitimate thief of a nation's democracy, and deserves no respect, only scorn, and constant, insistent, correction to his illegal claims to rule Haiti.