Regrann from @raspy_rawls - Don’t Forget.. As The Los Angeles Times reported from Port-au-Prince in 2003:
France owes this country exactly $21,685,135,571.48, the government figures — not counting interest, penalties or consideration of the suffering and indignity inflicted by slavery and colonization.
Paris swiftly rejected the demand for restitution when Haiti raised the issue in April, on the 200th anniversary of the death of Toussaint Louverture. A revered figure here, Louverture led fellow slaves in throwing off their French colonial oppressors.
Haiti is making a bicentennial spectacle of refusing to take no for an answer. In one of the most colorful campaigns to galvanize citizens in years, the country is awash in banners, bumper stickers, television ads and radio broadcasts demanding payback.
Update | Friday | 8:52 a.m. The French newspaper Libération reported that the Web site Whois offers these clues about the fake site: it was created on June 21 by someone using the name of the Haitian revolutionary hero Toussaint Louverture and an address on Quai d’Orsay in Paris, where the French foreign ministry is located. For readers of French, Libération also offers details about the debt Haiti was forced to pay in the nineteenth century in exchange for the lifting of an international embargo after it won its independence from France. A reader points to a video report from France 24’s English-language site on the “ransom” Haiti was forced to pay to deposed French slave-owners, starting in 1825. The same reader notes that there is an online petition movement calling on France to pay back this debt.
It remains unclear who was behind the stunt, but in its precise execution and spirit it is not unlike similarly pointed pranks carried out by a group that calls itself the Yes Men. This trailer for a documentary on the group includes a selection of some of their hoaxes: - #regrann - 5 hours ago