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A Villain’s Welcome: The Brutal Dictator Returns to Haiti for His Swiss Cash
January 20th, 2011
On Sunday Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier returned to Haiti. “Baby Doc” took office as Haiti’s President (read: brutal dictator) when his father, “Papa Doc,” died in 1971. He was 19. What followed was a violent fifteen year rule, characterized by government-led kidnappings, tortures, and murders, and—by the estimates of human rights groups—the theft of $300 million of dollars from the nation’s treasury. Duvalier fled to France in 1986 to escape a revolt and has lived in exile ever since. Well, until last Sunday, when he unexpectedly returned to Haiti. Duvalier has hardly spoken for himself in public...
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