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Haiti Violence - More looting, rebels, plus tourists fleeing
02/24/2004
APTN
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TAPE: EF04/0233 IN_TIME: 10:40:33:24 DURATION: 00:01:59:17 SOURCES: APTN RESTRICTIONS: DATELINE: Cap Haitien/ Labadie, 24 Feb 2004 SHOTLIST: Cap Haitien 1. Rebels getting into truck 2. Rebels running at crowd 3. Rebels in truck 4. Rebels detaining alleged looter 5. Man being detained 6. Various, rebels on street 7. People standing around body of alleged looter Labadie beach resort 8. Waves break on rocks at a beach 9. Beach and mountains 10. Truckloads full of soldiers from the Haitian National Revolutionary Liberation Front drive out of the gate at the Labadie resort, where Royal Caribbean cruise ships used to stop about two or three times a week for the day 11. Soldiers talk with a security guard at the entrance to the resort 12. Security guard with look of fear on face 13. Empty dining area at Cormier Plage beach resort and hotel, just down the coast from Labadie 14. Row of empty beach chairs at Cormier Plage 15. SOUNDBITE (French) Kathy B. Dicquemare, Owner of Cormier Plage: "They don''''''''t fish anymore, because they all had jobs. Now they are going to... I don''''''''t know what they are going to do." 16. Wide shot, one of six Royal Caribbean boats leaving Haiti with the last remaining employees 17. Man shouting "Bye-bye" to a man on the deck of one of the boats 18. Boy on beach with the boats cruising off shore STORYLINE: Haiti''''''''s second-largest city Cap Haitien experienced a second day of looting on Tuesday after falling to rebel forces on Sunday. Rebels used the tactic of leaving the dead body of an alleged looter in the street to deter others. Later in the day, it was thought that looters had left the area Meanwhile, the last four remaining employees of the Labadie beach resort, located just west of Cap Haitien fled Haiti on Tuesday in a convoy of six boats headed for the Dominican Republic. Labadie is a private resort where Royal Caribbean cruise ships used to stop twice or three times a week. On February 17, the company cancelled the stops for two weeks because of the spreading violence and rebellions. On Tuesday a convoy of five rebel trucks full of soldiers went to Labadie to search the site. They said they were looking for Haitian National Police officers, who they though might have been hiding there. All of Cap-Haitien''''''''s police fled when the rebels entered the city on Tuesday. Other resorts are also in trouble. The 32-room Cormier Plage, just down the coast, has had very few visitors for the past six months. The resort''''''''s owner Kathy B. Dicquemare said they were closing as of today, letting 30 of their employees go with one months'''''''' pay. Labadie was a major money-earner for the Aristide government, although it is clear that little of that money was invested in the region, which has rock and mud roads and mostly wattle houses and shacks. President Aristide has urgently appealed for the world''''''''s help to avert a bloodbath and a new exodus of boat people. Aristide''''''''s impassioned appeal came hours before the Democratic Platform opposition coalition was to respond by 5 pm (2200 GMT) to the international peace plan. Despite last-ditch diplomacy, several opposition leaders indicated they were rejecting a US-backed peace plan. So far, at least 70 people have been killed in the three-week-old uprising.
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