Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia (fore, R) reviewing parade
with President Francois Duvalier (fore, L) during visit.
Haiti’s King of the Moutain, 1966
(Part 1 of 3)
A WCKT-Miami profile on Haiti’s Dictator Francois Duvalier, who has been in power since 1957, and has been known as president for life since 1964. Haile Salassie, Ethiopias King, visited Haiti on a Caribbean goodwill tour. This video includes coverage of Haitis poverty and oppression.
Francois Duvalier received Emperor Haile Selassie I in 1966
Here is a picture of Haitian Dictator Francois Duvalier with Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia as he briefly visited Haiti in 1966
The King of Kings met the President for Life when he traveled to Haiti in 1966, becoming the only head of state to visit Haiti during the presidency of Francois Duvalier. President Duvalier, being a proponent of the black nationalist platform, was a supporter of the Pan-African model of excellence, and welcomed the Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I with open arms.
During his own rule, Duvalier became almost as popular as Emperor Selassie through his forceful might held by the use of fear and murder. His family became ridiculously wealthy through the country’s coffers, as Duvalier explicitly appropriated state money, much of which came from aid funds given by other countries, into his personal accounts, all this while the population was impoverished. Because of his notorious reputation, Duvalier was forced to be under heavy guard consisting of 600 officers in the palace guard, 350 soldiers in the Dessalines Barracks next door, thousands of militiamen and the fearsome Tontons Macoutes.
Francois Duvalier and Haile Selassie Emperor of Ethiopia
Here is a picture of Francois Duvalier and Haile Selassie Emperor of Ethiopia.
Haile Selassie I (23 July 1892– 27 August 1975), a member of the Solomonic dynasty was the Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. He was also known as the King of Kings. He served as the Chairperson of the Organisation of African Unity. His internationalist view helped Ethiopia to become a charter member of the United Nations. He helped to promote multilateralism and collective security and in 1936, at the League of Nation, he condemned the use of chemical weapons by Italy against Ethiopia. His millions of supporters of Rastafari movement (an Abrahamic belief) used to worship him as the returned messiah of the Bible. This King of Kings met the President for Life, when he visited Haiti in April 1966. He was the only foreign Head of State to visit Haiti during the rule of Francois Duvalier (Papa Doc). Like Haile Selassie, President Duvalier was also a patron of the Black Nationalist platform, and a supporter of the Pan-African model of excellence.
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WCKT-Miami, Haiti’s King of the Moutain, 1966 (Part 3 of 3)