17 September

'The Commission has come to the conclusion that the current military government in Haiti has perpetuated itself in power as a result of violence instigated by elements of the Haitian armed forces resulting in the massacre of Haitian voters on November 29, 1987 [and] the manipulation of the elections held on January 17, 1988' _ Organisation of American States' Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, September 1988
September 2009

Today in 1988, Haiti's military government was overthrown by a group of non-commissioned officers led by Lieutenant General Prosper Avril, who was then installed as the new head of state. Despite vows to hold elections and respect human rights, Avril made little effort to do so and widespread political violence was to continue.






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