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Haiti - Duvalier : Full speech of Duvalier
Dear friends of the press,
Thank you for having responded to my invitation today and I take this opportunity offered to me to speak to my fellow citizens.
Very briefly, I will tell you how much I was impressed by the welcome I have received since the Duvalier International Airport for this visit, especially by this crowd of young people who do not know me.
This gives heart-warming. M di yo mèsi anpil, m'te kontan viv moman sa-a. (I said them thank you very much, I was happy to live this moment)
That said, I know how many of you are curious about the purpose of my return to Port-au-Prince after a quarter century of absence. This question is on everyone's lips.
In fact, I wanted to pay homage to the numerous victims of the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010 which made, according to official estimates, 316,000 died. Unfortunately, I'm not arrive in time for the commemoration.
I return to show my solidarity in this extremely difficult period of national life where you are still hundreds of thousands living under the stars, amid the ruins. From the moment that I decided to return to Haiti to commemorate with you, in our country, this sad anniversary, I was expecting all sorts of persecution ; but believe me, the desire to participate with you in this Konbit for national reconstruction, far exceeds the annoyances that I could be facing... Whatever the cost, the main thing for me being here with you. And I say that as such, all Haitians of goodwill have the right to participate.
I take this opportunity to publicly present my condolences to my millions of partisans who, after my voluntary departure from Haiti to avoid bloodshed and facilitate the rapid conclusion of the political crisis in 1986 were delivered to themselves. Thousands were brutally murdered, smoky, grilled, who have suffered the torment of "Pè lebrun" word that became sadly notorious, their homes, their goods looted, déchoukés, burned. And all this under the glare of the cameras around the world.
I also take this opportunity to express once more, my deep sadness to my compatriots who recognize, rightly, to have been victims under my Government.
Youth of my country,
During my long stay in France, I was always attentive to your cries and your misfortunes. I lived your difficult times with great sorrow and grief. It is to you future leaders of this country, of assume the succession and show to the world that the Haitian soul is perennial and strong.
And as to parody the Rev. Martin Luther King : "when the bell of national reconciliation can ring in every heart and when we allow it to ring in every hamlet, in every town, in every neighborhood, in every home then we will be able to speed up that day when all the children of Haiti, men and women, old and young, rich and poor, those from the interior and those from the diaspora, can march hand in hand without discrimination and join together in the rebirth of Haiti.".
This is the message of my return.
Vive Haiti! May God bless us!
Original in french : https://www.haitilibre.com/article-2181-haiti-duvalier-texte-integral-du-discours-de-duvalier.html