'Baby Doc' Duvalier huddles in Haitian hotel; press conference canceled
January 17th, 2011
02:12 PM ET

'Baby Doc' Duvalier huddles in Haitian hotel; press conference canceled

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier remained huddled inside his hotel Monday, as the reasons behind his unexpected return to Haiti and what he hoped to accomplish remained unclear.

Duvalier returned to his homeland Sunday after some 25 years in exile, adding uncertainty into an already turbulent situation.

A scheduled press conference at his hotel Monday was canceled at the last minute because the hotel was not equipped to handle the crowd, and no other location could be found, Henry Robert Sterlin, a Duvalier associate, told reporters.

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    Welcome back Mr President, our needs are many and our resources few. "Il 'est jamais trop tard pour bien faire/ So a suggestion start with helping those people in the tents. I am sure you caught the smell and the sights as they are impossible to miss. I proposed you start an initiative to house 100, 000 too much 10,000 or 5000. Get them out of the tents into something that looks like a house within a year. There are no shortage of plan but if you need one look into the Lazarian World Homes.. All right sir I am waiting.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. La Sirene

    Do you really think he has come to do good? He has come to steal donations and like a volcher feed of the dead to satisfy his thurst for power! Are you a fool or what?

    January 17, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brya

      I think you might be.

      January 18, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. GP

    Let's not rush to any judgements until we hear what he has to say in terms of the reasons he's back in Haiti. I would only hope he's there to help in collobaration with not only the haitian government but with the international community. Let's give him a chance to redeem himself from the past if he's so desired to help a country in dire need. As far as I know he could be a change man with a new heart unlike the one who went into exile.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      "Let's not rush to any judgements until we hear what he has to say in terms of the reasons he's back in Haiti." good one, GP. Like a dictator will tell the people what his true intentations are...

      January 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brya

      We are too emotional. That 's the reason Haiti is in such terrible situation. Most of us do not think they act, burning etc. God please help us

      January 18, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |

    either he drunk the water and got sick... or smoked to much weed and has to chill out for awhile.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brya

      You talk about what you know so you most have been there with him smoking weed.

      January 18, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |

    He should be shot on sIght. Like a criminal returning to the scene of the crime...

    January 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brya

      You are a criminal yourself. Most wanted!

      January 18, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Robert Henri

    Are the Haitian people like foolish rabbits that they would expose themselves to the talons of this murderous greedy vulture, no nation no matter how desperate or filled with nostalgia for better economic days should forget who this man truly was/is.
    Do not be deceived

    January 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brya

      When things happen in the US we have a court system. It does not mean people have to go in exile. If so all those who have been in power in Haiti should take exile. What do they do in your country? If you have ...

      January 18, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mmmmm

    He looks like the creature from the black lagoon or zombieland...the Haitian Nation can do so much better without him.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Erik

    Oh great. Another Puppet to waste our Tax $$$. Hati has nothing and is nothing. The people of Haiti should be split up and sent to other countries (like Liberia) and see if they can make a go of it there. I've had enough of this BS. All they do is elect another rectum to Pres to accept and then steal American tax $$$. Why the heck can't we learn this leesson ??? All their "best and brightest are now living in Brooklyn NYC. Take a trip there and see what has happened. They turnd half a borough to horse manure.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |

    maybe they should make jar-jar binks there new leader.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Daniel

    Haiti probably does need another dictatorship since the bourgeois "democracy" they tried there seems to have failed.

    January 17, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |

    to bad they hung sadam he could have fixed them up.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mo

    I think Jean Claude has the right to come home. He was 19 when they put him in power and as he got older, the country was better. Everyone needs to be pardonned so we can move forward. We have some amazing people living outside of their country. It's time to move forward and allow people who want to come back to their country to do so unimpeded.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Yves

    1.MOTIVE! Going back in the past is not the best way to take the country forward. Baby doc has too much blood in his hands. If anything he should be apprehended for all the atrocities he has committed against humanity as president, but instead he's getting a hero's welcome. This is what happen when poverty and misfortune are imposed on a nation. They become so desperate to the point where they're willing to accept anything in hope of a better outcome, but the result always remained the same. Peace And Love to all of you!

    January 17, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brya

      You probably have heard was some people say about the last ex of the US. He stays in his country. Why Haitians ex have to take exile. Until the system is changed Haiti will not get better. We committed so much sins Jesus still forgive us. You think you can "cast the first stone?" What about pray for those who do you wrong? God Bless!

      January 18, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. Vishal

    Save money,time and their future citvims stick these mongrels in the general prison population and let some rough justice fix the problem, instead of molly-coddling them in solitary or with their sick peers.

    March 13, 2012 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |