As President Bush’s trip comes to an end, so too does the “parallel” Latin American tour of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. Haiti has been the last port of call for Chavez, who has been protesting against what he calls the United States’ neoliberal capitalism, which he claims is increasing suffering and misery in the region.
Observers say President Bush is unpopular among Haiti’s poor, with accusations the US was behind the ousting of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Washington denies claims that Aristide, now in exile in South Africa, was effectively kidnapped. “Long live Chavez, down with Bush,” chanted the crowds. Haiti and Venezuela have close economic ties, with Haiti receiving million of euros in aid every year.