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General Urano Teixeira da Matta Bacellar

Brazilian Gen Bacellar led the UN forces, MINUSTAH, in Haiti in 2005-2006. He was found dead in his apartment in Port au Prince on January 7, 2006, the victim of a gunshot wound to the head, an event later labeled as a suicide.

A recent Wikileaks cable published in Norway's Aftenposten recounts how Dominican President Fernandez expressed his suspicions Bacellar was killed by forces allied with the US Special Forces trained Guy Phillipe, a leader in the 2004 rebellion against Aristide. Phillipe was later wanted by the DEA on drug charges.

Jafrikayiti offered most of the dates in this timeline:

September 1, 2005, Lieutenant-General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira is replaced by General Urano Teixeira da Matta Bacellar. 

January 5, in the midst of widespread rumours that Haiti's right wing elite will get its wish granted for a massive attack on Cité Soleil, a reliable source informs me that Cité Soleil have been declared off limits to journalists - something will come down this week-end. 

January 6 U.N. Security Council meets to discuss Haiti.... 

January 7 Urano Teixeira Da Matta Bacellar is found dead at Hotel Montana. 

(According to several press reports, this death comes in the heal of a heated debate with Mr. Valdes, the Civilian head of the MINUSTAH, the night before). 

January 7 Chilian General Eduardo Aldunate Herman replaces Urano (temporarily) - Herman is currently accused in Chile of having participated in mass murders during the Pinochet regime which overthrew President Salvador Allende (1973-74). 

See also various virulent verbal attacks of Réginald Boulos and Andre Apaid against the U.N. ..some of them made a few hours before the apparent "suicide" of Urano Teixeira Bacellar... 

January 11 State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Patrick Duddy speaks with Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez, the conversation is summarized in a Wikileaks cable.

News on General Bacellar

WikiLeaks points to US meddling in Haiti  1/21/2011 Guardian: "It seems unlikely that a decorated army veteran, parachutist and instructor would be careless enough with a pistol to accidentally shoot himself in the head. Furthermore, Bacellar was a very religious man, with a wife and two children in Brazil. He had just returned to Haiti four days earlier from a Christmas visit home. Even if suicide cannot be ruled out, one would have expected such a man to leave behind a message of some sort. Yet, according to the sources of Brazilian journalist Ana Maria Brambilla, Bacellar "did not display any signs of depression during his last days". He was accustomed, after "39 years of service, to pressure far worse than he had seen in his four months in Haiti," his military colleagues told the Independent. According to the South African newspaper Beeld, "the latest reports in the Dominican media questioned the feasibility of suicide, as no bullet casing was found near the body … He would have been an easy target for a sniper." Most incongruously, Bacellar's T-shirt and boxer-clad body was reportedly found with a book on his lap, according to the Dominican daily El Nacional, as he had apparently been reading and relaxing in his underwear on his balcony when the urge to shoot himself came on."

Ask them how the US assassination of a Brazilian general......would impact US-Latin American relations  1/20/2011 Quotha: "KIM IVES: Exactly. They’ve been pressuring Brazil. And there’s another interesting WikiLeak that came out today, that the Brazilian general in 2006 who supposedly committed suicide in his hotel room— AMY GOODMAN: Under MINUSTAH, the U.N. forces. KIM IVES: Of the U.N. forces, MINUSTAH—was that he may in fact have been assassinated."

17.01.2006: DOMINICAN PRESIDENT RECEIVES STATE DAS FOR CARIBBEAN  1/17/2011 Aftenposten: "Fernandez inquired about the circumstances surrounding the death of Brazilian Army General Urano Teixeira da Matta Bacellar. DAS Duddy confirmed that all indications pointed to suicide. Fernandez expressed skepticism. He had met General Bacellar; to him, suicide seemed unlikely for a professional of Bacellar´s caliber. Fernandez said he believes that there is a small group in Haiti dedicated to disrupting the elections and creating chaos; that this group had killed MINUSTAH members in the past (a Canadian and a Jordanian, and now the Brazilian General); and that there would be more violence against MINUSTAH forces as the election date approaches. The President said he knew of a case in which a Brazilian MINUSTAH member had killed a sniper. Although he allowed that Bacellar´s death might be due to an accidentally self-inflicted wound, he believes that the Brazilian government is calling the death a suicide in order to protect the mission from domestic criticism. A confirmed assassination would result in calls from the Brazilian populace for withdrawal from Haiti. Success in this mission is vital for President Lula of Brazil, because it is part of his master plan to obtain a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council."

Real reason for Haiti raid  7/26/2007 Haiti Action: "Between his alleged drug affiliations and human rights abuses, Philippe has few friends in the government of current Haitian President Rene Preval or in the United States. But according to a report this week by Kevin Pina, writing for the Haiti Information Project, there may be another explanation for the DEA grab. According to Pina, on May 27, after the arrest of Wilfort Ferdinand, another coup participant, Philippe went on Haitian radio and "began to name names of business and political leaders who backed the paramilitary insurgency against Aristide's government by providing arms, ammunition and logistical support." "High on (Philippe's) list," Pina continued, "was Andy Apaid, the leader of the civil society organization called the Group 184." Seven weeks after Philippe's radio broadcast, the DEA went after him. In July 2004, Salon reported that Group 184, along with a group called the Democratic Convergence, was supported by the International Republican Institute, dominated by Bush loyalists and funded by the National Endowment for Democracy, the U.S. Agency for International Development and conservative groups."

SA sniper in Haiti hit?  1/10/2006 News 24, South Africa: "The latest reports in the Dominican media questioned the feasibility of suicide as no bullet casing was found near the body. Reports in El Nacional newspaper said that Bacellar was sitting reading on his hotel-room balcony when he died. His book was in his lap. He would have been an easy target for a sniper."

Mystery Surrounds Death of U.N. Official in Haiti  1/9/2006 Ohmy News: "His body was found in his apartment in Port Au Prince, the Haitian capital, Jan. 7, with a gunshot wound to the head. According to Lieutenant-colonel Fernando da Cunha Matos of the Brazilian Forces in Haiti, Bacellar was the victim of an accident. International news agencies were reporting the next morning that Bacellar committed suicide, though he did not display any signs of depression during his last days."

Haiti: UN Commander dead in Haiti amid pressure from elite  1/8/2006 Haiti Action: "According to several sources in the Haitian press, Bacellar had participated in a tense meeting with the president of Haiti's Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Reginald Boulos, and Group 184 leader Andy Apaid the night before. Bacellar's death comes on the heels of Boulos's announcement of a nationwide general strike on Monday aimed at forcing the UN mission to get tough with bandits in Cite Soleil. The term "Bandits" is often seen as a code word for Lavalas supporters, and Cite Soleil has served as a launching site for massive demonstrations demanding the return of ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Mario Andresol, the current Chief of Police, representing the US-installed government of Gerard Latortue, recently alleged that the community was also being used by Columbian drug traffickers and "certain political forces" to hide victims of a recent spate of kidnappings in the capital… Following the death of Lt. Gen. Bacellar, the U.N. named controversial Chilean Gen. Eduardo Aldunate Herman as the interim commander… On October 17th, the Chilean Government admitted that Gen. Eduardo Aldunate, second in command of its military forces in Haiti, was linked to the disbanded National Intelligence Central (CNI), oppressive military forces that operated under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). The charge was initially denied by the Minister of Defense and the Army Chief… he associations are made more grave in light comments by rebel leader turned Haitian Police force top, Guy Philippe, stating his admiration of the former dictator, adding, "Pinochet made Chile what it is.""

Heleno knew something his successor found out too late  1/8/2006 soc.culture.haiti: "January 5, in the midst of widespread rumours that Haiti's right wing elite will get its wish granted for a massive attack on Cité Soleil, a reliable source informs me that Cité Soleil have been declared off limits to journalists - something will come down this week-end. January 6 U.N. Security Council meets to discuss Haiti.... January 7 Urano Teixeira Da Matta Bacellar is found dead at Hotel Montana. (According to several press reports, this death comes in the heal of a heated debate with Mr. Valdes, the Civilian head of the MINUSTAH, the night before)."

Gen Bacellars Reason For Suicide - Did The Greedy Vampires Kill The UN Commander?  1/7/2006 Haiti Elections Archives '05: The author of the first piece is Charles Henry Baker, a wealthy sweatshop owner and prominent member of the Group 184: "There is no suspicion of foul play in General Urano Texeira da Matta Bacellar's death, it is being investigated but people recognize it to be a suicide. As for why General Bacellar would committ suicide, the current theory is that he had ordered the kidnapping of an American citizen who was eventually freed after a ransom was paid, American authorithies while investigating caught and questioned the kidnappers who revealed that they were acting on orders of General Bacellar himself; realizing that the USA closing in on him, Bacellar committed suicide."

Guy Philippe: The rebelling soldier  3/4/2004 BBC: "In 1990, Mr Aristide was first elected president, but within a year had been overthrown in a coup and was exiled to the United States. Mr Philippe, who was by then in the army, escaped to Ecuador, where he allegedly received training from US Special Forces as part of the US campaign to reinstate Mr Aristide… While in the Dominican Republic, Mr Philippe's reputed taste for luxury hotels fuelled speculation he was involved in drugs trafficking - a charge that he vehemently denied in a recent interview."


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