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- n. Plural form of tonton.
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Once elected, he deported most of his opponents, instituted a new constitution and ruthlessly consolidated his power with the help of his self-styled militia called the tontons macoutes.
When my wife's sister arrived from the U.S. and no one met her flight, the tontons macoutes, the Duvalier militiamen and secret police who controlled the airport, told her: "We know where he lives," and delivered her directly to my door.
Haitians swarmed into the streets seeking the tontons macoutes, the bands of thugs who, in the pay of the Duvaliers, had terrorized Haitians for decades.
Ten years later, the US placed the psychopathic dictator Francois Duvalier (Papa Doc) in power and he promptly installed a reign of terror promoted by the tontons macoutes (evil beasts), his presidential guard, which exterminated and tortured whoever was deemed to be an opponent of the one who now started calling himself "God".
The terrorists and the remains of the Duvalier tontons and the CIA-bred FRAPF declared open season on the remnants of Aristide's programmes to build democracy.
“Keats, or whoever the white guy was, said he was one of Baby Doc’s tontons macoute.”