Francois & Jean-Claude Duvalier
Like father like son
"Papa" and "Baby Doc"
Quote from video:
"A civilian only can rule the country, not a military man. The military man has to stay in his barrack and receive order and instruction from the president, and from the king, from the emperor. This is my opinion. This is my philosophy. To have peace and stability, You should have a strong man in every country. Not a dictature, not a dictator, but a strong man. Democracy is a word, a philosophy, a conception. What you call democracy in your own country, another country can call that a dictatorship."
Duvalier is using his cult of personality in saying that he is a democratic ruler in Haiti. He says they have a different perspective of democracy than other countries. He calls himself a civilian and not a military man. He says military men have to take order from the king, president and emperor which is what he implies that he is. Duvalier used his military to kill thousands in order to have "peace and stability" in Haiti. He has a vey misconstrued perspective of his regime saying that it is a democracy when it is clearly dictatorship. He believes he s dong good for Haiti but in reality he's making it a worse country than when he inherited it.
Letter to Amnesty International
I am writing to you asking for help in Haiti and if I am caught writing this letter to you my family may be at risk of death. . The Duvalier family has been in rule for almost 30 years now and they have terrorized the population and killed thousands. The elder, Francois Duvalier became leader in 1957 and quickly imposed terror throughout the country. He created a loyal military group, the Tontons Macoutes which have massacred his opposition including my aunt and uncle. The bogeymen as they're also called have helped create him a cult of personality. He rigged elections and surrounded himself with loyalists which helped make him president for life. He used this absolute power to become extremely wealthy while many of us were living in extreme poverty. After he died he named his son Jean-Claude president for life and his rule has been just as bad. He too has killed thousands of opposition and much of the population is still in poverty. He needs to be ousted for the sake of the people of Haiti. Thousands of people have died under the rule of this family and thousands more are at risk of dying if we don't get help. Please write back and spread the word of the horrors happening at the hands of the Duvalier's in Haiti.