OPPOSITION PLANS OF CLEMENT BARBOT

Created: 3/28/1963

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SUBJECT OPPOSITION PLANS OF CLEMENT BARBOT

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1t as of3 clement barbot, former right-hano man to president franco is duvalier who is now in hiding in port au prince, and aboutf his followerslan to capture duvalier and thus sring about the downfall of his regime. the plan consisted of first capturing luc desir, tonton macoute leader and right-hand man to duvalier, and then luring duvalierrap by informing him that desir had been seriously injureo. barbot felt confident that duvalier would rush to see desir. an effort to capture desir on the night ofarch failed because he wasootball game and thus was out of reach. thc idea of kidnapping duvalier's son and threatening his ufe if duvalier did not leave the country was abandoned

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BECAUSE OF PR05ABLE ADVERSE REACTION ABROAD AND OTHER CONSIDERATIONS. THE 3ARBOT GROUP MAD CONTACTS IN THE ARMED FORCES BUT HAD NOT REVEALED THEIR ACTION PLAN TO THE MtT_ ITARY.

2. THE BARBOT GROUP HAD ONE THOMPSON SUBMACHINEOUN ANDIFLES WITHOUNDS OF AMMUNITION PER WEAPON, THEY ACQUIRED THESE ARMSRENCHMAN LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY WHO FIRST SHIPPED THEM TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND THENARCH DROPPED THEMIGHT PLANERE-ARRANGED POINT NEAR THE ETANGAKE NEAR THE DOMINICAN BOROER. THE GROUP, FOR "REASONS OF ADDED SECURITY, WISHED TO ACQUIRE AT LEAST THREE MORE SUBMACHINEGUNS AND SOME GRENADES BEFORE MAKING ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO CAWRY OUT THE Ifi PLAN TO CAPTURE DUVALIER. THEY HOPED TO TAKE ACTION BEFOREAY BECAUSE TMTf BELIEVED THAT THE PSYCHOLOGICAL CLIMATE WOULD BE LESS FAVORABLE FOR THE OPPOSITION AFTER THAT DATE. (

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THE SIX-YEAR-TERM OF OFFICE TO WHICH DUVALIER WAS CONSTITUTIONALLY ELECTED WILL END ONAY.)

3. ON THE POLITICAL SIDE, BARBOT ADVOCATED THE REPLACEMENTBY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SUPREME COURT, CONSTITUTIONALLYIN LINE OF SUCCESSION TO THE PRESIDENCY, AND THEROVISIG. 'L GOVERNMENT WHICH WOULD ORGANIZE ELECTIONSDATE. N DOUYON IS THE INCUMBENT PRESIDENT

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AOfLPHIN TELSON, AN OPPOSITION LEADER ALSO IN HIDING IN PORT AU PRINCE, LEARNEDOLLOWER OF HIS WHO WAS CLOSE TO BARBOT THAT BARBOT HAD SOME ARMS AND WAS PLANNING TO TAKE ACTION TO OVERTHROW DUVALIER. TELSON ALSO LEARNED THAT BARBOT WAS BEING HIDDEN BY MILITIAMEN FROM THE NATIONAL PALACE AND SOMETIMES RODE ABOUT THE CITYAR DRIVEN BY MILITIAMEN. ALTHOUGH TELSON WAS NOT WORKING IN COLLABORATION WITH BARBOT, HE WELCOMED THE PROSPECT OF ACTION BY BARBOT TO OVERTHROW DUVALIER BECAUSE THAT WOULD, HE BELIEVED, LEADEIZURE OF POWER BY THE MILITARY.

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