Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment
Verso, 2007 - 442 pages
Once themost lucrative European colony in the Caribbean, Haiti has long beenone of the most divided and impoverished countries in the world. In thelate 1980s a remarkable popular mobilization known as Lavalas, or “theflood,” sought to liberate the island from decades of US-backeddictatorial rule. After winning a landslide election victory, in 1991the Lavalas government led by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide wasoverthrown by a bloody military coup. Damming the Floodanalyzes how and why Aristide's enemies in Haiti, the US and Francemade sure that his second government, elected with another overwhelmingmajority in 2000, was toppled by a further coup in 2004.
The elaborate international campaign to contain, discredit and thenoverthrow Lavalas at the start of the twenty-first century was perhapsthe most successful act of imperial sabotage since the end of the ColdWar. Its execution and its impact have much to teach anyone interestedin the development of today's political struggles in Latin America andthe rest of the post-colonial world.
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Anti - Aristide demonstrations like those held on 28 May 1999 or 14 November
2003 received round - the - clock coverage , to give the impression of a growing “
tide of dissent . ” Small meetings attended by perhaps a couple of hundred ...
... OPs had the audacity to organize a mass demonstration commemorating an
especially provocative event – the anniversary of ... others were injured , others
ran away , ” and announced his intention to forbid future Lavalas demonstrations
... 246 — 7 demonstration against the government , 14 November 2003 192 – 3
demonstration against the government , 28 ... communities 35 police campaign of
terror 255 - 6 , 269 student demonstrations against Aristide 164 – 5 , 198 , 378n .
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