Hundreds attend Duvalier's funeral

2014-10-11 22:45
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Port-au-Prince - Hundreds of people on Saturday attended the funeral of former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, honouring a man widely reviled for repression and corruption during his 15 years in power.

Mourners paused to pay their respects in front of Duvalier's coffin draped with Haiti's red-and-blue flag before greeting his partner Veronique Roy, his ex-wife Michele Bennett and their two children.

Members of Haiti's elite and former officials of Duvalier's regime arrived in luxury SUVs, joining more humble citizens in ill-fitting suits, and quickly filled the chapel on the grounds of the Saint-Louis du Gonzague school in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince.

Representatives for President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe attended, though both leaders were outside Haiti on official trips. Former President Boniface Alexandre was also in the building.

Many wondered whether the self-proclaimed "president for life" would receive a state funeral following his death last Saturday from a heart attack at age 63, but Duvalier's attorney announced earlier that friends and family would arrange a simple and private funeral.

There were no protesters at Duvalier's funeral on Saturday, but victims of his regime organised a sit-in at his former party's headquarters.

Duvalier became president in 1971 at age 19 when his father, dictator Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, died from a sudden illness.

"Baby Doc" presided over a regime widely acknowledged as brutal and corrupt until he was ousted by a popular uprising in 1986.

As many as 30 000 Haitians were killed, many by execution, under the regime of the two Duvaliers, according to the New York-based Human Rights Watch.


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