François Duvalier

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I am already an immaterial being. No foreigner is going to tell me what to do!

Dr. François "Papa Doc" Duvalier (14 April 190721 April 1971) was the President of Haiti from 1957 until his death in 1971.

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  • Communism has established centres of infection... No area in the world is as vital to American security as the Caribbean...We need a massive injection of money to reset the country on its feet, and this injection can come only from our great, capable friend and neighbor the United States.
    • Quoted in Elizabeth Abbott, Haiti: An insider's history of the rise and fall of the Duvaliers (Simon & Schuster, 1988, ISBN 0-671-68620-8), p. 101.
  • I accept the people's will. As a revolutionary, I have no right to disregard the will of the people.
    • Quoted in Elizabeth Abbott, Haiti: An insider's history of the rise and fall of the Duvaliers (1988), p. 103.
  • Bullets and machine guns capable of daunting Duvalier do not exist. They cannot touch me... I am already an immaterial being. No foreigner is going to tell me what to do! If the OAS claims the right to intervene because of repressive conditions, why don't they land troops in Alabama?
    • Quoted in Elizabeth Abbott, Haiti: An insider's history of the rise and fall of the Duvaliers (1988), p. 111.
  • God and the people are the source of all power. I have twice been given the power. I have taken it, and damn it, I will keep it forever.
    • Quoted in Elizabeth Abbott, Haiti: An insider's history of the rise and fall of the Duvaliers (1988), p. 112.

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