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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Haiti; 2/11-12/10; Buenos Aires

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: HAITI; 2/11-12/10; BUENOS AIRES

SUMMARY

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1. Media continued to focus on the fate of the U.S. missionaries
being held on trafficking charges, with one headline referring to
them as "appropriators." Pro-government Buenos Aires Economico
reported that Coca-Cola Latin America's Group gave a one-million
dollar donation to the Red Cross for Haiti relief efforts. Largest
circulation Clarin (2/11) reprinted a newswire that physicians of
the University of Miami backed the incredible survival story of one
man buried under the rubble for 27 days. End summary.

10 AMERICANS ARRESTED

COULD BE RELEASED

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2. Media continued to focus on the fate of the U.S. missionaries
being held on trafficking charges, speculating on -- and
criticizing -- their release. Under the headline, "Child
appropriators will be released," centrist Critica clearly expressed
its objection, adding a subheadline, "The judicial decision
contributes to legitimizing the presence and action of U.S. troops
in Haiti following the earthquake." The paper adds that Laura
Silsby, the leader of the U.S. missionaries, had claimed she
planned to build an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, but
authorities in the country said she never submitted an application
for this purpose. Pagina 12 appeared more objective; however, it
reported that while the Americans claimed to be on a humanitarian
mission, "it transcended that the children were not orphans and
that most were delivered to the U.S. missionaires with their
parents' authorization."
http://criticadigital.com/impresa/index.php?s ecc=nota

&nid=38385

http://www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/sociedad/3- 140119-2010-02-12.html

COCA-COLA DONATION

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3. Pro-government daily, business-financial Buenos Aires
Economico underscored (2/12) that Coca-Cola Latin America Operating
Group gave a one million dollar donation to the Red Cross for Haiti
relief efforts. The paper stressed that the donation is in
addition to another $1 million the company's charitable arm donated
last week for the same purpose.

ANOTHER HAITIAN SURVIVOR

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4. Leading circulation Clarin reprinted an Agence France-Presse
(AFP) newswire (02/11) reporting on a very thin, severely
dehydrated 28-year-old Haitian, Evans Monsigrace, who survived
after being been 27 days under the rubble. The paper stressed,
"The doctors from the University of Miami who attended to the
Haitian survivor in a Port-of-Prince field hospital backed his
story (that it is feasible that he survived on water and perhaps
some fruit)."

http://www.clarin.com/diario/2010/02/11/elmun do/i-02137635.htm

To see more Buenos Aires reporting, visit our

classified website at:

http://www.state.sqov.gov/p/wha/buenosaires
MARTINEZ

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