Obstructing and Delaying Aristide's Return - by Stephen Lendman
He's lived in exile since US marines forcefully ousted him at gunpoint on February 29, 2004. Efforts to help him return followed, what he's wanted for eight years today, the anniversary of his abduction.
On February 25, San Francisco's Bay View and other publications ran attorney Walter Riley's article titled, "Prominent anti-apartheid movement veterans call on South African government to assist Aristide in returning to Haiti now," saying:
Noted figures wrote "South African President Jacob Zuma an open letter 'in hopes that (he'll) assist' former (President) Aristide and his family (return) to Haiti 'as soon as possible.' " Among them were:
-- Randall Robinson, Trans Africa Forum's founder;
-- Jesse Jackson;
-- Danny Glover;
-- British MP John McDonnell;
-- Dick Gregory;
-- Jack Healey, Human Rights Action Center's founder and director;
-- Jack Heyman of San Francisco's International Longshore and Warehouse Union, who refused to unload ships with South African goods in the 1980s;
-- Selma James, widow of famed author/historian/essayist CLR James, one of his notable books titled, "The Black Jacobins" about Haiti's liberating revolution;
-- Massachusetts State Representative Byron Rushing;
-- Women of Color/Global Women's Strike's Margaret Prescod; and
-- civil rights attorney Walter Riley, Haiti Emergency Relief Fund (HERF) chairman and John George Democratic Club co-chair.
Their letter in part read: