UPDATE: 2:05 pm – The motorcade has reportedly arrived at the “Parquet”.
From just before eleven o'clock this morning, Twitter has been rife with speculation that Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, the banished former dictator who has been living in exile in France and who made a surprise return to his homeland on Sunday evening, may be in the process of being placed under arrest.
@emilytroutman started the ball rolling when she tweeted:
Soon after that, @kiskeacity, a diaspora netizen, began re-tweeting updates from @jacquiecharles, a correspondent for the Miami Herald, whom @RAMHaiti has accused of not always checking her facts. Still, @jacquiecharles has been updating her tweets regularly:
Soon afterward, it appeared that Duvalier put out a call for legal representation:
Thus far, no-one can confirm whether Duvalier has indeed been arrested. It now appears, as of 1:10 pm, that he is coming out of the hotel that has been surrounded by police for the past couple of hours, perhaps for the reason that @carelpedre tweeted:
@carelpedre seems convinced that:
Even as Duvalier supporters appear to be “mobilizing protests against his arrest”, the actual details of his apparent detainment remain sketchy.
@carelpredre just confirmed that:
Global Voices will continue to follow developments and post updates as they become available.