At the same time, however, [Jean-Bertrand Aristide]'s stop here has brought some divisions within the immigrant community to the surface, sparking the kind of debate enjoyed in Haiti before a military coup in September toppled Aristide and silenced dissent.
"He's a Maoist, a communist, and he's a racist," Yves Isidor, a professor of economics at Lesley College in Cambridge who has organized a protest of Aristide's visit, said yesterday. "We do not want a communist like Aristide back in Haiti."
Among the quieter aspects of the community, until recently, have been its political divisions. Aristide opponents like Isidor, who has been burning up the radio airwaves with criticism of the president, say that they have been ostracized and intimidated by Aristide supporters.