LATIN AMERICA BRIEF (DELETED) FOR 01 OCTOBER 1991.

Created: 10/1/1991

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POR 01 OCTOBER

REBEL TROOPS WHO

TOPPLED ARISTIDE DEMANDED THAT HE BE EXILED AND REPLACED BY ACTING ARMED FORCES COMMANDER CF. DR AS. ARISTIDE LEFT HAITI LANE PROVIDED BY VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT PEREZ.

THE UPRISING WAS INITIATED EY FEWER THAH DISGRUNTLED ENLISTEDARIETY OF POLICE AND MILITARYRESENTED THE PRESIDENT'S INTERFERENCE IN MILITARY AFFAIRS BY APPOINTING STIDE OFFICERS TO KEY POSITIONS ANO SANCTIONING CIVILIAN SECURITY UNITS. UNTIL THE REBELS HAD TRAPPED ARISTIDE IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ?AIACE, HE HAD REFUSED TO NEGOTIATE WITH THEM, VOWING TO PUNISJt THE MUTINEERS AND THREATENING SENIOR OFFICERS IF THEY COULD NOT CONTROL THE ARMY.

PRESS REPORTS INDICATE MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE HERE KILLED AND HOUNDED IN CLASHES BETWEEN REBEL TROOPS AND ARISTIDE'S CIVILIAN SUPPORTERS. THE MUTINEERS INDISCRIMINATELY FIRED ON CIVILIANS TO FORCE THEM TO RETREAT TO THEIR HOMES. ANO THEY CLOSED MOST RADIO STATIONS. NEVERTHELESS. PRO-ARISTIOE MOBS REPORTEDLY KILLED SEVERAL PERCEIVED ENEMIES. INCLUDING CENTER-LEFT POLITICIAN SYLVIO CLAUJIL. AND DESTROYED THE HOMES OF AT LEAST THO REBEL SOLDIERS.

j1as, HMO HAS UNSUCCtTSSKJL IN 'TRYING TO BROKER a DEAL BETWEEN THE REBELS ANO ARISTIDE. IS LUELV TO ACCEP1 THE POSITION AS INTERIM PRESIDENT. THE FACTILITARY MILL HAVE TROUBLE ESTALLISHINS CONTROL, ESPECIALLY IN THE FACE OF LIKELY EFFORTS BY RAO ICAL LEFTISTS TO INCITE THE MASSES. NO US CITIZENS HAVE YET SEENBUT THEY MAY BECOME TARGETS OF RETALIATORY VIOLENCE. TO ESTABLISH SOME SEMBLANCE OF LEGITIMACY. CE PRAS MAY TRY TO PERSUADE THE REBEL TR30PS TO ALLOW THE LEGISLATURE TO CONTINUE TO FUNCTION; HE MAY ALSO SUGGEST TURNING THE PRESIDENCY OVER TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL HEIR, SUPREME COURT PRESIDENT ANDRE CHERILUS. CCDRaS PROBABLY WOULD RESIST INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS TO REINSTATE ARISTIOE. HOWEVER. CALCULATING THATOVE WOULO BE REJECTED BY THE MILITARY.

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