HAITI / ARISTIDE

18-Mar-2011 00:01:48
Former president of Haiti Jean-Bertrand Aristide arrived in Port au Prince today after seven years in exile and days before the country is to pick its next president. MINUSTAH
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STORY: HAITI / ARISTIDE
TRT: 1.48
SOURCE: MINUSTAH
RESTRICTION: NONE
LANGUAGE: CREOLE / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 18 MARCH 2011, PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI

SHOTLIST

1. Wide shot, plane landing
2. Wide shot, plane taxiing on tarmac of Port au Prince airport
3. Med shot, plane taxiing
4. Zoom out, from Aristide coming out of plane onto Aristide stepping out of plane and waving at audience
5. Med shot, Aristide in the middle of crowd of journalists
6. Wide shot, crowd of journalists and delegation surrounding plane
7. Med shot, Aristide struggling his way through crowd
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean Bertrand Aristide, former President of Haiti: “In 1804, the Haitian revolution marked the end of slavery. Today may the Haitian people mark the end of exile and coup d’etat while peacefully we must move social exclusion to social inclusion.”
9. Various shots, supporters waving flags and posters of Aristide
10. SOUNDBITE (Creole) Victorin Jenin, supporter:
”Aristide is the king of this country.”
11. SOUNDBITE (Creole) Hetide Danel, supporter:
“Aristide is a father of Haiti. For all the people in general and now he came back and we are all very happy about it.”
12. Wide shot, Aristide motorcade passing down the street with crowd of supporters around and hanging on his car
13. Wide shot, supporter on motorbike smiling and saying “Haiti Cherie”

STORYLINE:

Former president of Haiti Jean-Bertrand Aristide arrived in Port au Prince today (18 Feb) after seven years in exile and days before the country is to pick its next president.

A crowd of about 5,000 Haitian supporters welcomed his return to the country after his exile to South Africa.
Upon his arrival at Port-au-Prince International airport, Aristide addressed a group of hundreds of journalists.

Aristide recalled how in 1804 the Haitian revolution marked the end of slavery. And today, he said, the Haitian people marked the end of exile and coup d’etat “while peacefully we must move social exclusion to social inclusion” referring to his party Fanmi Lavalass which was banned from participating in the Presidential and General election.

In the streets people celebrated Aristide’s return to Haiti. Victorin Jenin, a supporter called him “the king of this country,” while Hetide Danel, another supporter described Aristide as “a father of Haiti.”

Aristide’s arrival comes just two days before the second round of the delayed Presidential elections.

Aristide was accompanied by a delegation of several members of his family, his lawyer and journalists.
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