'Democracy', said the President of Haiti to the United Nations, 'has won out for good, the roots are growing stronger and stronger.' This was on 25 September, 1991. One week later, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide ('Titide' to his followers) was deposed by a coup d'état. The regime of the only internationally-certified freely-elected president of Haiti had lasted seven months. The 70 per cent or so of the Haitian electorate who cast their votes for the changes Aristide promised had been robbed of their hopes. What are the chances that these democratic hopes can be restored by internal changes? Can this occur without international, especially US, pressures?