Actor/activist Danny Glover on Haiti elections listen03/17/11 Kate Bradshaw
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Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is leaving South Africa today and plans to return to Haiti tomorrow at noon.
Actor Danny Glover flew to South Africa to accompany Aristide back to Haiti.
The impoverished nation of Haiti is still feeling the pain of the earthquake that ravaged the country over a year ago, not to mention a chaotic presidential election many have deemed fraudulent. Actor Danny Glover recently made a film about a 1791 slave uprising in that country, and has met with ousted Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Glover has been a vocal critic of the US’s Haiti policy. Last month in Tampa, Glover told WMNF that people in the US need to know the truth about democracy in Haiti.
"The president of Haiti was overthrown by a coup almost 7 years ago, in fact I think it was the 29 of February 7 years ago. That was John-Bertrand Aristide. Until Haiti gets a voice where all the partners, all the players at the table, they're just going to have a continued conflict. His party, Fanmi Lavalas, was not involved in this election. They were excluded from the election. Only about 22 per cent of the Haitians actually voted. This is in a traumatized country, emotionally, physically traumatized by an earthquake that happened just over a year ago. So that's the truth about Haiti. You know, whatever the stuff we want to paint, whatever has been painted about what has happened, that's the truth about it."
Haiti’s runoff election is scheduled for this weekend. Former Haitian first lady Mirlande Manigat and musician Michel “Sweet Micky’’ Martelly are the two remaining presidential contenders.