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Governor Killed in Hayti

2005/01/07

Cap-Haitien, Hayti

Port d’Argent (Puerto Plata), HAYTI A week of open hostilities by pro-Cuban forces ended this week with the assassination of Don Pablo Guillermo Bercerra. Bercerra, former leader of the Puerto Plata Junta, has worked in close cooperation with Neofrancien troops in securing the region, and his death deeply weakens hopes for a referendum in June.

This also reveals security flaws in contested areas, in the Port d’Argent region and other major cities on the island.

A bombing in La Vallée (La Vega) brought the death of 8 Saint-Domingain troops. This further proves a lack of preparation on the part of peacekeeping troops, the death toll among local militias climbing to 100 since a month ago. Military officials of New Francy, Louisianne and France all believe that the summer Referendum will go forward unhindered, and the Empire of St-Domingue will be peacefully established by year’s end.

Etienne d’Aunoy did agree with reporters that there was a challenge to security in Hayti, where insurgency has been ongoing, but fitfully orchestrated. He averred that there was no expected change to the autonomy timetable.

“Aside a few hot-spots, such as La Vallée and Port d’Argent, the populace is welcoming to the idea of Referendum and a stable government. We are working to stabilize these hot spots, of course, we want them all to enjoy participation in the upcoming Referendum.”

Aside these scattered resistance regions, preparations for the vote have gone forward with little or no delay. “I’m sometimes amazed at our progress.” Grand Mareshal Albert Marsden of the Armée de l’Air. “It’s of course due to our air superiority. Without it, we’d be facing chaos.”

A concern that many international observers feel has not been addressed is the fractured nature of the island’s population. A greater proportion of this island are castillian speaking, and there seems to be litttle or no collaboration with castillian speaking persons.

This Referendum will be the first free election since the imposition of Floridian control in the 1970’s. The Castillian ambassador has requested that more involvement of castillian persons be a focus of the peacekeepers, but of yet, this call has gone unheeded. One official said, on condition of anonymitiy, “The whole of the island speaks Creole anyway. It was the Castillian involvement that caused the troubles and horrors of this nation in the last 35 years. We don’t need to leave that door open. I’d be happy if there were no Castillian involvement in Hispagnolan affairs.”

Sergio Jose Soto, leader of a pro-Cuban separatist movement on the northern side of the island claimed responsibility for both attacks. “We will not rest until we have a union with Cuba. Caribbea for Caribbeans!” He said.

Peacekeeping forces are on the hunt for Soto and his band of rebels.

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