Aristide backs 'peaceful resistance' in Haiti

8th March 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 8 (AFP) - Former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide said in an interview broadcast by French radio on Monday that he supported non-violent resistance to the "unacceptable occupation" of his country by US and French forces who sent him into exile in Africa a week ago.

PARIS, March 8 (AFP) - Former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide said in an interview broadcast by French radio on Monday that he supported non-violent resistance to the "unacceptable occupation" of his country by US and French forces who sent him into exile in Africa a week ago.

"I am the democratically elected president of the Republic of Haiti and I remain the constitutional president," he said in an interview with the private RTL station from the Central African Republic, where he was taken on March 1.

"The Haitian people are resisting and must continue their peaceful resistance against this unacceptable occupation, following an equally unacceptable political kidnapping," Aristide said.

He said he would "do my best to accompany the people who elected me in their resistance," adding that their fight was his too.

Aristide, who was interviewed by French writer Claude Ribbe, a friend of his, said he was not free to move around as he wished in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, a former French colony.

"I am protected by soldiers who ensure our safety. For the moment we have been advised to stay where we are," he said.

"If I want to leave this room I have to ask permission from the authorities."

Aristide said however that he had been able to attend mass in Bangui on Sunday, and also receive a visit from the archbishop of the city.

He also added that he was learning sangho, one of the main languages spoken in the Central African Republic.

RTL said it would broadcast more extracts from its interview with Aristide later in the day.


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