A French reporter on the scene in Haiti found a terrified old man - a palace caretaker, he believes - cowering in a corner. The old man said US soldiers came in and forced Aristide to leave at gun point.
News.com Australia reports: "HAITIAN leader Jean Bertrand Aristide was taken away from his home by US soldiers, it was claimed today.A man who said he was a caretaker for the now exiled president told France's RTL radio station the troops forced Aristide out."The American army came to take him away at two in the morning," the man said. "The Americans forced him out with weapons. "It was American soldiers. They came with a helicopter and they took the security guards. "(Aristide) was not happy. He did not want to be taken away. He did not want to leave. He was not able to fight against the Americans." The RTL journalist who carried out the interview described the man as a "frightened old man, crouched in a corner" who said he was the "caretaker of the residence".
Even as this "forced regime change" is being perpetrated by "rebels" armed and backed by Bush operatives (according to many reports from Haitian observers), the same scenario is being threatened in Venezuela, where the CIA is accused of trying once more to depose the democratically elected liberal leader Hugo Chavez.