Operation Uphold Democracy

Operation Uphold Democracy

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  • Under the leadership of Aristide, the general population of Haiti was pleased with their current government.
  • The peace was abruptly ended in 1991 when a militant group of communists organized a coup to throw out the Haitian President Aristide, and democracy along with him.
  • The result of the coup was the unhappiness of the populace, leading many to flee the country on whatever water craft they could find or build. Many tried to enter the United States illegally.
  • In response to the influx of illegal immigrants and communist takeover of Haiti, the U.S.A. collaborated with the U.N. to plan Aristide's return to his position, concluding with Operation Uphold Democracy.
  • Uphold Democracy was a planned invasion of Haiti to force a surrender from the militant group, successfully launched and executed on Sept. 17th, 1995.
  • The successful execution of the operation was due to former President Carter's successful negotiations withe militant leader Raoul Cedras, allowing U.N. forces to enter Haiti peacefully, and reinstate Aristide as President within the next month.
  • As of right now, there are around 3,900 paratroopers heading toward Haiti
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