Haitians March to Honor Slain Radio Journalist
Haiti, April 9 (AP) -- Thousands of people
jammed into a soccer stadium today to mourn a prominent Haitian
journalist who was assassinated this week outside his radio station.
Préval and former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, both
allies of the slain broadcaster, Jean Dominique, were among the 15,000
people who attended the three-hour service here.
"You died for
Haiti," Mr. Dominique's sister, Madeleine Paillère, said
tearfully over his casket. "You died because you told the truth."
did not speak, but his administration awarded Mr. Dominique
the Honor and Merit Medal, Haiti's highest distinction, "in consideration
of his inestimable contribution to the construction and reinforcement of
69, the country's most influential journalist and opinion
maker, was shot Monday morning as he pulled into the courtyard of
Radio Haiti Inter, the station he owned and directed. He was about to do
his morning newscast when the two unidentified gunmen killed him and
the station caretaker.
followed street violence in the capital last week as the
government continued to delay calling for elections. Officials have been
bogged down in organizing the long-delayed vote to install a new
Parliament and have not been able to set a date.
2000, a station known for its anti-government stand, has
called on the police to give reporters security after repeated death
honored Mr. Dominique with a three-day period of
national mourning that began on Thursday. Stores shut down today to
honor the man who had championed free speech against civilian and
military dictatorships for the last 40 years and was one of most influential
figures in this strife-torn Caribbean nation.
by to pay their respects to Mr. Dominique, whose open
casket was displayed under a white canopy in the middle of the soccer
to change the system radically," said Sony Esteus, who
worked at Mr. Dominique's radio station. "If he was killed, it is proof that
the system has not changed."