This is a terrific 30 minute video that chronicles President Chavez’ March 2007 visit to Haiti. If you take the time to watch it, you will not regret it. It begins with Chavez’ motorcade leaving the airport in Port-au-Prince and ends at the National Palace for a meeting with President Rene Preval. In the middle, you will find one rockin’ ride with thousands of Haitians running alongside his motorcade, as Chavez leans outside the door of his car to greet them. At one point, Chavez jumps out of the car and RUNS with the people in the street! Naturally, this scared the beejeebers out of his security detail, but Chavez was delighted with his own audacity. Also, listen to the crowd as they chant “aba Bush,” down with Bush.
The people of Haiti have gone through hell since the US-backed coup in 2004 robbed them of their democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Chavez’ visit signaled the rare instance in which a world leader comes to Haiti, not with the intention to interfere, but to provide help and solidarity. Viva Venezuela! Viv Ayiti!