REMARKS BY PRESIDENT FRANCOIS DUVALIER CONCERNING THE EXPULSION OF BISHOP VOEG

Created: 5/1/1964

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THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION IN EXPELLING BISHOP VOECELI, AMERICAN EPISCOPAL BISHOP, BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE RAMIFICATIONS. DUVALIER REPLIED THAT HE KNEW AMERICANS, AND THEY CONSIDERED HAITIANS TO HAVE THE MENTALITY OF SEVEN-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN; THAT, IF ONE DEMONSTRATED WEAKNESS IN THE PRESENCE OF AMERICANS, THEY WOULD DO AS THEY WISHED. HO SAID THAT FORMER PRESIDENT ELIE LESCOT USED TO FLATTER AMERICANS AND "BOW HIS HEAD" BEFORE THEM, BUT HE HIMSELF

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BEFORE THE "AMERICAN DCCS." DUVALlER SAID THAT AFRICANS WERE "WICKED, HYPOCRITICAL JACKALS" AND CAVE AS AN EXAMPLE OF AMERICAN MACHINATIONS THE RECENT OVERTHROW OF GOULART IN BRAZIL. DUVALlER CONTINUED "THANKS TO COD" HIS CIVIL MILITIA, PRESIDENTIAL CUARD, AND NEW AR'T, WHICH INCLUDED FAITHFUL OFFICERS SUCH AS CRACIA JACOUES, LUC PIERRE-LOUTS, CERAPD CONSTANT, FRANCK ROMA IN, CUSTAVE SILVA, GABRIEL BRUNET, AND OTHERS, THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN' TO HIM, BECAUSE THESE MEN APE "FANATICS <EADY TO DIE FOR DUVALlER."

2. DUVALlER SAID THAT BISHCP VQEfELIORMER DUVALIERIST

WHO CHOSE NOW TO WORKNST DUVALlER. J^MMENT: DUVALlER

IS PROBABLY REFERRING TO VOEfELI'S ATTEMPT TO PREVENT AN IMBMI

DISTURBED HAITIAN PRIEST FROM JOININC THE MILITIA BY

TRANSFERRING HIM TO ANOTHER POST.) DUVALlER ALSO SAID THAT THIS WAS NO LONGER THE PERIOD WHEN WHITES COULD DO AS THEY WISHED IN HAITI, THAT THISEW ERA; ANDVE AS AN EXAMPLE THE FACT THAT. COVEPN^'ENT COULD DO NOTHING TO CASTRO.

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NEN IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE WHO CAN MAKE AMERICANS TREMBLE. THEY ARE CASTRO AND DUVALlER* "IT ISUVALlER SAID, "BUT CASTRO DOES NOT WISH AN ENTENTE WITH MB."

4. FIELD DISSEM: STATE, AR**Y, CINCLANT, CINCSO.

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