Haitian Democracy Activist Patrick Elie Dies at 66

HeadlineFeb 15, 2016

And in other news from Haiti, Patrick Elie, longtime pro-democracy activist and Haiti’s former secretary of state for public security under Aristide, has died at the age of 66. In 2011, he spoke to Democracy Now! from Port-au-Prince on the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake.

Patrick Elie: “So, it’s going to take time, but I do believe that the earthquake is also a signal for us to build Haitian democracy on sound foundations, which means the neighborhood committees, the grassroot organization, instead of trying to build a democracy from the top down. That’s how we built our houses in Port-au-Prince, and you saw what happened.”

Patrick Elie died of internal bleeding at a hospital in Port-au-Prince on Friday. He was 66.

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