The last invasion into Haiti by US Marines was on the occasion of the US overthrow of the democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. This picture was taken one day before the coup, February 28, 2004, as U.S. Marines watched a pro-Aristide protest from the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. [ MSNBC said at the time: “Following President Aristide’s resignation, President Bush ordered a separate deployment of Marines to lead an international stability force there.” Two lies in one sentence. Aristide did not resign and the US Marines were on the ground in Haiti BEFORE the coup.] It looks like the boys in camouflage are back in even greater force today.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, January 19.— Hundreds of Haitians watched with a mixture of resignation and anger on Tuesday as several helicopters landed U.S. troops in the grounds of the Presidential Palace, an act considered by many Haitians as a loss of sovereignty, the AFP reported.
“I haven’t seen them distributing food downtown, where the people urgently need water, food and medicine. This looks more like an occupation,” said Wilson Guillaume, a 25-year-old student.
At least four helicopters brought 100 U.S. soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division to the grounds, as hundreds of Haitians looked on stunned. Having lost their homes in the earthquake, they are living as refugees in the Palace gardens.
As the U.S. troops left the Palace to guard Haiti’s general hospital, overflowing with injured people, many people yelled “Go home!” and “Don’t occupy us!”
A fleet of amphibious craft also reached the coast of Haiti, transporting some 800 Marines expected to go ashore in the next few days to join the 2,000-plus soldiers already stationed in Haiti.
Also today, the UN Security Council today unanimously approved increasing the number of international military and police forces in Haiti by 3,500 to reinforce security.
Meanwhile, thousands of earthquake victims are trying to get onto buses to flee the hunger and violence of the destroyed capital, with the hope of finding food more easily in the countryside, AP reports.