Excerpt from a MUST READ ARTICLE:"Have the Latortues Kidnapped Democracy in Haiti?"
by Anthony Fenton
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle ... temID=8165
"Kidnapping Reality and the Latortues
Before Jean Bertrand Aristide assumed the Presidency in early February, 2001, Youri Latortue was second-in-command at the General Security Unit of the National Palace (USGPN) under President Rene Preval. After Aristide's accession, other USGPN policemen found him "hostile" to his new President, who worried about his involvement in a "plot", according to Haiti's elite-owned radio station Signal FM on February 21, 2001. By this time, Youri Latortue’s friends Guy Philippe and Jackie Nau, son-in-law and security chief for today’s Foreign Affairs Minister Herard Abraham, had been implicated in a plot to overthrow Preval’s government in October 2000, one month in advance of Haiti’s Pr
esidential elections. Nau’s brother-in-law, Roger Alteri, would be arrested for helping the coup-plotters escape to the Dominican Republic. At the time, Alteri was “a contractor for the U.S. embassy.”(Signal Radio, November 7, 2000) . Philippe and Nau ‘s names would come up in relation to other early coup attempts in July and December, 2001, and Philippe would emerge as a central figure in the February 2004 “uprising” against Aristide, where he stated quite openly that his idols were, fittingly enough, Augusto Pinochet and Ronald Reagan.
After being kicked out of the USGPN, Youri Latortue was transferred to the HNP (Haitian National Police). While there are numerous mentions of Youri Latortue the security agent in media prior to 2001, I found no reference to him in Haitian or international media from February 2001 to February 2004. After his transfer to the HNP, Youri Latortue disappeared from the media to rappear only three years later, after the 2004 coup.
In a phone interview on June 12, 2004
, Youri Latortue explained this three year absence: he had lived in Miami, studied in Montreal for two years, and then returned to Haiti.Upon returning after the coup, he was offered various jobs in the interim government: “they tried to choose me as the Chief of Police when Aristide went,” he said. “I said I didn’t want to because I want to choose a political career, I don’t want to be chief of police.” Instead, Youri Latortue took the position as head of security for his uncle, Gerard Latortue....
“Youri Latortue has his own guns...why do you think Latortue need all the munitions right now? To give to all his guns, this way when they want to go and do something, they can go and do it for him, that’s why the country’s not going anywhere.”
“But Latortue will pay one day”, Orlando prophesied. “One day the whole world will know the truth about the Latortues...."
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