News and opinions on situation in Haiti
The extent of US politicians’ contempt for the innocent and defenseless people of Haiti is bottomless and beyond repulsive: Congressman Foley of Florida proposes a House bill to honor Latortue, Haitians in Haiti and at HLLN honor Prime Minister Yvon Neptune especially as the oustered Prime Minister whose job Latortue unconstitutionally stole, We honor Yvon Neptune by issuing, for the first time in English, Neptune’s Letter to US Ambassador James B. Foley dated August 2004 | We honor Haitian resistance by remembering folksinger So Ann still incarcerated | Mobilisation contre la présence des militaires étrangers
Date: 30 July 2006
The extent of US politicians’ contempt for the innocent and defenseless people of Haiti is bottomless: Congressman Foley of Florida proposes a House bill to honor Latortue | Haitians in Haiti and at HLLN honor Prime Minister Yvon Neptune especially as the oustered Prime Minister whose job Latortue unconstitutionally stole, We honor Yvon Neptune by issuing, for the first time, in English, Neptune’s Letter to US Ambassador James B. Foley dated August 23, 2004 | We honor Haitian resistance by remembering folksinger So Ann still incarcerated | Mobilisation contre la présence des militaires étrangers
Ezili Danto: The nightmare continues. Not satisfied into turning Haiti into worst than a penal colony with indecency being the operative rule of conduct everywhere, US politicians now propose honoring the services of Latortue as imposed Prime Minister. It is so really shameful, that US politicians would carry their audacity and contempt for the Haitian people to this extent. To the extent of sponsoring a bill to honor Latortue in spite of all the documented dilapidations of the country’s treasury, human rights terror, unjust imprisonments, death squads and criminals set loose and destruction of the country. An outrage that must be addressed by decent folks everywhere who care about what is civil and acceptable human behavior. I've got no more words frankly, except perhaps to say the politicians sponsoring this bill (Shaw and Foley of Florida), must know our displeasure and be voted out of office next time their term comes up for renewal. Enough is enough. Perhaps this is a blessing and we will look back upon it as what was needed to wake up the Haitian Diaspora. Perhaps. But my faith is running out. Please folks on the HLL network, make your dissenting voices heard my people to these sponsors of this wretched and insulting bill TODAY. And send HLLN copies of all letters of objection you send to these miscreant politicians and we shall circulate them.
In the meanwhile this e-mail post is dedicated to Haitian resistance. July 28, 2006 marks the anniversary of the first US occupation of Haiti. Haitians in Haiti, especially at Marchaterre, Cayes in the Southern part of Haiti, publicly remembered the 19-year brutal US occupation by demanding an immediate end to the current UN occupation.
We Haitians were born in resistance to white tyranny and shall continue to resists it, in all its forms today. Below we are honoring as the people’s hero, the peoples freedom fighter: Prime Minister Yvon Neptune. Never, ever could the US-puppet Latortue hold a candle to the honorable Yvon Neptune or could have filled his shoes, in any way, shape, or form, on behalf of the people or nation of Haiti. Only in a white men’s dreams and through his subterfuge reality. For, Latortue was hired by the US and the Pentagon to do their hatchet job and he served them well, not the people and nation of Haiti.
HLLN honors Prime Minister Yvon Neptune. As Haitians, as Haitian-Americans, we at HLLN, reject any representation, in the name of America, that Latortue is some hero to Americans. Not the Americas we, at HLLN are part of. Not in our name, Mr. Foley and Mr. Shaw, not in our Haitian-American names. NEVER, shall Dessaline’s Descendants bow down, as puppets like Latortue did, and slaughter Haiti’s development, democracy and all human decency.
Ezili Danto, July 29, 2006
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l. Honoring Prime Minister Yvon Neptune as a great Haitian patriot, an honorable statesman and a man of character and integrity, HLLN, July 29, 2006
2. Boukman’s Prayer
3. DRAFT: Yvon Neptune’s August 23, 2006 letter to U.S. Ambassador Foley, English translation by Frantz Jerome for the Ezili Danto Witness Project, July 29, 2006
(Note: This letter is very, very long and HLLN is still working on getting the words just right. Please use this as a guide. But check our website for the final HLLN translation update. Thank you.
4. HRES 941 IH : thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z'c109:H.RES.941:
Honoring the service of Gerard Latortue, Haiti’s Interim Prime Minister. (Introduced in House)
5. Rezistans, a song by Haitian folksinger and political prisoner, Sò Ann -(still incarcerated and suffering intolerably.)
6. (In French) Haitian flag raised at Marchaterre, Haiti to remember the first brutal 19-years US occupation of Haiti and demand an end to the new US occupation through the use of the UN as proxy. The US flag was burned to symbolize Haitian remembrance of all those, especially the peasants from Marchaterre massacred by the US Marines back during the first occupation and to protest the current occupation. (Article is in French. From Altepresse. “Haïti : Mobilisation contre la présence des militaires étrangers “
7. HLLN thanks a valuable HLLN member: Professor Frantz Jerome
To commemorate the release of Prime Minister Yvon Neptune from prison, below we issue, for the first time in English, a letter, that was written (in French) by Yvon Neptune on August 23, 2004 and addressed to U.S. Ambassador James B. Foley.
This is one of the most explosive piece of evidence HLLN has in its archives about the events of February 28, 2004 and the US, France and Canadian subterfuges and lies used to force former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune into believing President Aristide had resigned and standing at the ceremony where the Haitian Supreme Court Judge, Boniface Alexandre, would take title as President of Haiti.
It will take a few e-mails to properly highlight the more important points. But, Yvon Neptune explains how “ During the night of 28th to the 29th of February, under the strangest of circumstances, President Aristide, in a two to three words, argumentative telephone message, presented me with the following choices, to leave or to stay.' Thus, in a 'two to three words argumentative telephone MESSAGE' received by Neptune, he was presented with the 'choices, to leave or to stay' he writes. The subterfuge here, is contained in the totality of the “strangest of circumstances” he then explains as he recalls the circumstances surrounding receipt of this message, listing them under the title 'Prior to February 29, 2004' where he outlines the International community’s undermining of Haiti's democracy and Constitutional governance. In this list of surrounding and simultaneous occurrences, one of the most damming of all was how U.S. Ambassador Foley was DIRECTLY implicated with the assassins attacking Haiti's Constitutional government. In this August letter, in terms of U.S. Ambassador Foley's culpability and collaboration with the former Haitian army and FRAPH death squads, Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, points, in particular, to “The public request you (U.S. Ambassador Foley) made to the so-called “rebels” to postpone their attack on the capital, followed shortly after by President Aristide's departure into exile, on a plane ordered by the American government.”
If the US Ambassador wasn’t directly involved with the so-called “rebels” or the lie of “resignation,” why would U.S. Ambassador Foley be free to make a PUBLIC request to the so-called rebels to postponed their attack on the capital, followed shortly after by President Aristide's departure into exile, on a plane ordered by the American government'
Will there come a day, when U.S. Ambassador Foley, the United State, will answer to the Haitian people, in a court of law, for these egregious acts of terrorism, subterfuge and betrayal' Considering that Congressmen Foley of Florida just put in a bill to honor Latortue for a job well done in Haiti as the imposed Prime Minister, perhaps that day is far away for us Haitians.
But some day, perhaps generations from now, if the US has not destroyed the planet with its technological weapons and other “ marvels “ the sons and daughters of Dessalines will have the truth be known and this sort of dishonorable behavior not tolerated by civilized peoples.
One day, the Foleys of this world, both of them, shall be accountable, for the sufferings they've imposed on a people that has never attacked anyone, neither another nation nor any other peoples ever since they lifted the Europeans chains off their necks, except in self-defense and within the borders of Hispaniola. But we've had to endure the white settlers and former colonizer’s wrath relentlessly and unmercifully for two, no, for over five centuries.
The Haitian people continue to suffer. And, just recently, Stanley Lucas, an agent of their empire (The Washington Democracy Project) wants to continue to justify the genocide and slaughter of Haitians at home and abroad, through innuendo and broadly and sweepingly labeling dissenters to empire and racist patriarchy in Haiti who support Lavalas or Haitian sovereignty as “terrorist.” (See, 'Washington Democracy Project | Continued Kidnappings in Haiti, The Necessity of a Meaningful Policy to Crackdown on the Perpetrators of Violence, July 2006'
But, the Haitian people are blessed for they do not read the New York Times, or Washington Democracy Project’s papers and don't know anything about the image that's been superimposed upon them.
Only the schooled-Haitians, the likes of Stanley Lucas, Guy Phillip, Boulos, Apaid and Baker read the New York Times, or network with CIA agents and other such “Intelligence” agents, who will name places in Haiti “Kosovo” and give arms and names like “San Mamam” to poor discontented and frustrated Haitians, turning them into criminals or Lame Timanchèt assassins; re-modeling blueprints taken straight from West Africa where said CIA/Euro-US intelligence agent just finish raising discontent and divisions to begin the civil wars that always enrich their multinational corporate bosses.
Only these folks have the capacity to make “operational terrorist plots.” For, the Haitian folks I know and was raised by, would never resort to harming innocent civilians just because of their government officials. Life is not important enough for that and death not final enough for such a madness.
For, if Stanley Lucas knew anything about Haitian cosmology, he would understand that the majority of Voudouist Haitians know that 'as below, so above. ' What we human beings do right here on earth with our life, determines which irreducible energies are called forth to be born again and again. Hundred of years of the slavers greed was only broken by righteous Haitian self-defense and Ezili Dantò's mother love. Haitians claim the right to self-defense, but not to attack outside our territory. It's been this way for over 200-years.
The sacred land called Ayiti is a royal trust. The word 'Ayisyen' raises up the spirit of the Tainos and we hold up Africa's sacred trust and swear seventy times seven that Haitians shall live in Ayiti with no chains and no bars. Live free or die. That's it. No more and certainly no less is the Haitian legacy and we, the majority in Haiti and abroad, are fulfilling it, though it's intolerable and the pain of dissent carves us into pieces moment after moment, day after day, year after year, decades after decades and centuries after centuries.
But, we have our redemption songs to get us through, our history of resistance to get us through. Out Bwa Kayiman commitment to get us through. For, as 72-year old folksinger and political prisoner, So Ann, sings 'Resistance o resistance o we are a people who have resistance
We spent days without food
We have learned to walk under ground
They have made us know the way to jail
We went to hell even though we are not dead
Hold on we say to So Ann, hold on. You too, like Yvon Neptune was, must be set free. 'Resistance o resistance o we are a people who have resistance'
Below folks, is Yvon Neptune's letter.
HLLN honors Yvon Neptune's courage and selflessness.
He faced the three (France, US, Canada) powers and though they used all their force – military, diplomatic, financial – to destroy this lone man and his integrity, Yvon Neptune never buckled under their tyranny.
He survive two and a half years of their directed incarceration in Haiti, refusing to go into exile; refusing to say what they wanted him to say; refusing to let them take his dignity.
Yvon Neptune did something most special and worthy of note. He absolutely, positively refused their hypocritical, patriarchal, white-men-is-benevolent-humanitarian charity justice and demanded they PROVE he did wrong. They could not. Neptune kept his honor. His accusers and jailers had none to begin with.
Yvon Neptune's words are important. He paid a great price for all Haitians and for humanity and we, at HLLN can only bring to you his words in English in hopes that somewhere out here, in this universe, where evil seems to be triumphant everywhere, there are human beings, who wish to do good and who will stand with us to bring civility, decency and the rule of law and principles back as the standard for human behavior and interactions.
My Black people worldwide, August 14, 2006 is almost here.
So, let me take you back to a hilltop at Bwa Kayiman, Haiti some 200 plus years ago:
'It’s night. August 14, 1791.
'This is how they entertain themselves:
Either they beat us until we’re red in blood or until we faint.
'It’s the heart of every African that’s beating the rhythm the drummers are playing, calling the Ancestors to come help them get rid of the Europeans and their slavery.
'We stand at the four cardinal points calling on all creation – Zanset e Ti Moun yo – to come help us remember what happened, on that faithful night, at that sacred and secret wood clearing in the mountain forest called, Bwa Kayiman.
'Koute, listen to the drum calling the African captives to leave behind their plantation worries, calling on the runaway to leave their hiding places, calling on the Mulatto, the Affranchi, to all, come and gather. Koute vwa la libète kap pale lan kè nou. '
Listen to the voice for liberty that speaks in all our hearts.'
Haiti was born in resistance at Bwa Kayiman and will always resist the white man's tyranny.
We've endured the impossible and still kept our humanity. That's our nature and it cannot be broken out of us.
But, it's hard.
Our determined walk to freedom in the Americas, since that sacred August day, has been unbearably arduous, unimaginably difficult and we Haitians have had to thread our life from the blood of our slaughtered.
As Yvon Neptune writes below: 'generations upon generations of Haitian lives have been wasted.'
I, have been at this struggle, for the soul of Black folk, for decades. Know and work with others who have been where I am much longer and at this moment, we see no end to these tribulations, as this other Foley, this Congressman from Florida, now wants to celebrate 'the service of Gerald Latortue.' Latortue did a good job for the Bush Administration and so they are thanking him for it. ( See, HRES 941 IH ' 'Honoring the service of Gerard Latortue, Haiti's Interim Prime Minister' presented by (Shaw and Foley to the Senate
But Haitian patriots see that Gerald Latortue was hired by the State Department/Pentagon to do his hatchet job for their multinational oil and corporate interests. He exceeded their expectation, as the puppets in Iraq have not done. The US was prepared, unlike during the first coup d'etat, and this time avoided all domestic repercussions by surrounding Haiti with their ships to turned back any overloaded-with-Haitians-boat-people fleeing their Latortue death squads. Besides, this time, Guantanamo Bay was already full of others from Iraq and Afghanistan, et al. Thus, Haitians who were caught fleeing, were housed on large floating US ships and some repatriated, others are still languishing (especially if they are Haitian-Americans) on these floating US vessels/penal colonies. The nightmare for them continues. They suffer in darkness, on US military ships that no US mainstream journalist cares to investigate at all or report about.
Yes, Latortue served the US well and the subsequent popular election of President Rene Preval to the presidency, that left intact the Latortue regime's technocrats, coup d'etat employees and its foreign ministry, only further testify to the brilliance of this repulsive modern day usurpation of political power and disenfranchising of the Haitian masses. As Yvon Neptune writes in the August 23, 2004 letter, “on one hand, the intellectual elites rise up through texts, while on the other hand, the economic elites adapt to become “partners” and/or dependable and exemplary honorary consuls.” Thus, the majority in Haiti remain voiceless and their advancement towards full participation and integration into Haitian society always slowed by these two tragic “elite” forces in Haiti (and now abroad also, more and more) who, by effect or by outright design and intent, ally with these foreign interests, not the nations’s best interests.
The Feb. 7th vote is being turned into a simple opinion poll. These are the successes of the coup d’etat. Congressmen Foley of Florida and Mr. Shaw can honor the puppet Latortue with no qualms, no responsibility, or accountability to the people of Haiti. For them, the end justified the means and Haiti lies firmly in their grip, Lavalas destroyed. Or, so the morally repugnant economic and raised-on-text-”intellectual'” elites, in Haiti and Miami, are telling them. But we, Dessalines descendants, are not dead yet and even death could not destroy what Haiti is, or what these folks are. That is the simple truth.
And true to, to us Haitians and those we work with, from all the races, in Haiti and abroad, is the fact that Latortue represents nothing to us if not tyranny, unconstitutionality, indecency and the rule of 'might makes right.' He belongs in jail, not being honored in the supposedly 'hallowed halls' of the US Congress. It makes those of us Haitians, who are also US citizens, very ashamed of our American citizenship that such a travesty should take place in the 'name of America.'
The Haitian majority voted, on February 7, 2006, against the Latortue crew, against the International community that hired and supported him; a Latortue who imprisoned Yvon Neptune and thousands of other innocent Haitians for over two years – people who have never been convicted of any crime. A Latortue regime that set free over 3,000 prisoners and the FRAPH warlord, Louis Jodel Chamblain; a Latortue who mourned only the death of Labanye and celebrated “as freedom fighters” the terrorist who helped get him his job. A Latortue who helped to loot Haiti's heritage, stamping on the Ancestors legacy on the bi-centennial of our independence; a Latortue whose regime fleeced Haiti out of 965,000 in so-called foreign “aid” and even attempted to void Haiti's demand France pay back the Independence Debt.
Indeed the long nightmare continues for Pitit Bondye. But if you want, if you are willing: listen to the voice for liberty that STILL speaks in all Dessalines’ Descendant's hearts.
Realize the gift Yvon Neptune is to us. His letter of August 23, 2004 clearly outlines, inter alia, Ambassador Foley’s complicity in the coup and why it was a coup d'etat.
This letter, made public is invaluable and loaded with critical information. Most Haitian politicians do not provide the Haitian people with the tools of combat to defend ourselves. Yvon Neptune has, over and over again, with his many, many letters from jail, these last two years, served not just his honor. But served well the people of Haiti. We honor his courage. We honor his principled stance. We honor his ingenuity; that even in jail, he used the limited resources in his hands. He used his letters to give us Haitians his own knowledge and perspectives of the events surrounding the night of Feb. 28 and February 29, 2006: what was his to keep, but the people’s to know. We mourned the taking of his liberty for over two years for the honorable and righteous fight he conducted IN OUR NAME. Thank you Prime Minister Neptune. Our heritage, our umbilical chord, back to Bwa Kayiman and to the Africa that once lived, back to the beginning of time, remains intact in you. Onè beloved. Onè Yvon Neptune. Respè brother Yvon Neptune, respè and chapo ba.
Marguerite “Ezili Dantò” Laurent, Esq.
Boukman’s Righteous Prayer “The god who created the earth; who created the sun that gives us light. The god who holds up the ocean; who makes the thunder roar. Our God who has ears to hear. You who are hidden in the clouds; who watch us from where you are. You see all that the white has made us suffer. The white man’s god asks him to commit crimes. But the god within us wants to do good. Our god, who is so good, so just, He orders us to revenge our wrongs. It’s He who will direct our arms and bring us the victory. It’s He who will assist us. We all should throw away the image of the white men’s god who is so pitiless. Listen to the voice for liberty that speaks in all our hearts.” Boukman’s Prayer at the Bwa Kayiman Vodun ceremony, the call to action that launched the Haitian Revolution, on August 14, 1791.
Statement of Facts of former Prime minister Yvon Neptune
Mr. James B. Foley
At the time where the de facto Government and anti-Lavalas of all ilk are today giving free course to their most ingenious scheme, in an effort to conceal the true reasons for my country's dilapidation and the vicious circle of infrahuman misery which maintains and perpetuate the flagrant exclusion of the overwhelming majority, I take the opportunity to add, if opportunity there is, my take on the February 29, 2004 events, more specifically on what had been presented to me as President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's resignation and that commanded subsequent actions from me as Prime Minister until March 12, and as citizen from March 12 until today.
On Saturday February 28, 2004, subsequent to information concerning provisions made by the US government, in concert with those of France and Canada, to remove President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from Haiti, I invited you to meet me at the Prime Minister's office.
During our conversation, I explained to you that the February 1996 and 2001 peaceful and constitutional transfer of power were democratic assets that ought to be reinforced by a similar transfer of power in February 2006; and that any forceful departure of President Aristide would set democratic processes back ten (10) to fifteen (15) years. I reiterated the position I took publically a few days before, in front of the nation and the world, namely that constitutional President Jean-Bertrand Aristide must finish his five (5) years term and that it was the international community's duty to help the government quash the armed aggression of former members of the FADH (Haitian army) against the Haitian state ; That I would be in opposition to any government issued from a forced interuption of constitutional order. And that if the President chose to resign it would be another story, I would manage routine matters until such a time as my successor's nomination.
During the night of 28th to the 29th of February, under the strangest of circumstances, President Aristide, in a two to three words argumentative telephone message, presented me with the following choices, to leave or to stay. Remembering the gist of our meeting of the day before at the Prime Minister's office, I called you in order to find out exactly what was going on. You informed me that the President had resigned and was about to leave the country; anticipating the possibility of carnage in Port-au-Prince, you advised me to go to the Prime Minister's office.
Shortly after my arrival at the office, you joined me there, accompanied by the President of the Cour the Cassation (Supreme Court) who presented me a “card” that he assured me was a legal document of resignation of the President of the Republic.
This was the apparently convincing piece of evidence that trigered the partial application of the Constitution's article 149 and the UN Security Council's Resolutions 1529 and 1542. And furthermore the agreement between the supervisory foreign powers and the anti-Aristide/anti-Fanmi Lavalas coalition to impose in an unpredictable, adulterated and inappropriate political context, this implementation of the CARICOM plan and the initial Project of Accord that were merely documents waiting to be finalized and agreed upon by all concerned parties.
When, from the Central African Republic, President Aristide let it be known that he had been kidnapped from Haiti, and when in a statement CARICOM proposed an investigation as to the circustances surrounding President Aristide's departure, I asked you to clarify for me the President's affirmation as well as CARICOM's concerns. You tried to convince me that the President left the country willingly. But, an analysis of certain acts, events and/or statements, pre and post February 29 corroborated President Aristide's accusations and justified CARICOM's questions:
Prior to February 29, 2004
– Practically simultaneous statements from Secretary of State Colin Powell, Canada's Prime Minister, Paul Martin and France's Foreign Affairs Minister, Dominique de Villepin indicating to President Aristide to prepare to face the consequences of his actions, at the very moment that the armed opposition was occupying or was threatening many cities in the North, North-East, North-West, Artibonite and Plateau Central.
– The demand, tolerated, if not endorsed by these (countries) so-called friends of Haiti, made by the opposition coalition that Aristide leaves, in spite of his total agreement to CARICOM's Action Plan.
– The extensive broadcasting, in the so-called independent press of Mr. Hérard Abraham's pre-recorded, in-the-US-message, calling for the departure of President Aristide. (Mr. Abraham, though he did not get his desired Prime Minister's position, is the current minister of Interior, Territorial Collectivities and National Defence).
– The silence and/or the inaction of Haiti's so-called “friends” in the face of the assassination of police officers and State workers; the destruction of Precincts and other public buildings, perpetrated by members of the former FADH (Haitian army) and FRAPH.
– The American autorities' decision to disuade the private American security agents, hired to protect President Aristide, from protecting him in the face of an eventual attack announced by the “rebels,” for the American forces would not come to their rescue if their lives were in danger.
– The public request you made to the so-called “rebels” to postpone their attack on the capital, followed shortly after by President Aristide's departure into exile, on a plane ordered by the American government.
Post February 29, 2004
– The allegation you made along with other members of the American government that President Aristide had been move from Haiti to save his life and the fact that he took advantage of the opportunity to entrust his resignation “card” to the American Ambassador (or one of his representatives) that gave it to the President of the Cour de Cassation who, according to him, had been waiting at the embassy for reasons unknown to him.
– The fact that according to President Aristide, he was not at liberty to know ahead of time where his “saviors” were taking him for safekeeping.
– The free access allowed to the “rebels'” tracking down and executing Fanmi Lavalas supporters, even though American, French, Canadian and Chilean troops were deployed throughout the country; the situation not changing with the UN Blue Helmets' presence.
– The pressure you exercised on March 12 that forced me to prematurely leave the Prime Minister's office where I was lodging since February 29 with no arrangements made for my lodging, fact being that my residence had been ransacked and destroyed on February 29.
– Your insisting, from March 12 'til today, that I leave the country for security reasons though the marines had been here for more than three (3) months and that the UN forces subsequently arrived.
– Illegal arrests and executions of Fanmi Lavalas members by the National Police, in collaboration with the armed “rebel” assassins and other criminals opposed to Lavalas, in collusion with and/or enjoying the indifference and/or the inaction of the Multinational Force (FIMIH) and MINUSTHA.
– The “rebels” and other demobilized military maneuvers to control, if not to evict the PNH. This, under de facto government's instigation or command, apparently in coalition with interested agencies of the American government and Haitian merchant and businessman groups, along with politicians who supported and financed the September 30, 1991 military coup d'etat.
– The absence of concrete plans and measures for the disarmament of members of the old FADH and of FRAPH who identified themselves as the ones who committed the Pernales assassinations, the attacks on July 28, 2001 on the Police Academy and on December 17, 2001 on the National Palace, of the arson and destruction of Police precincts where they killed police officers and liberated convicted common criminals.
– The de facto regime's and the US, French and Canadian governments' obvious strategy to charge the constitutional majority government and Fanmi Lavalas that voted it in, with all the political, social, economic and environmental disasters generated during two (2) centuries during which alternating and succeeding periods;
i. of racist ostracism of independent Haiti, implemented by some American and European slave-owning states,
ii. of foreign powers impositions by military coercion of fraudulently established indemnities,
iii. of natural resources spoliation;
iv. of foreign occupations with hegemonic objectives of domination and economic exploitation.
v. Of the International's collusion with the Haitian Nation's most ferocious, corrupt and destructive dictators.
The enemies of Aristide and the adversaries of Fanmi Lavalas claim that the President's “departure” on February 29, 2004 is the result of a general uprising by the Haitian people. Mr. Gerard Latortue glorifies the worst torturers of the old FADH and FRAPH as “combatants for freedom”; and the latter require that they be rewarded and/or rehabilitated for services rendered to the “cause of democracy”; and you, Mr. Ambassador, you believe it acceptable to remind these nostalgics of the old corrupted FADH, putschist and detested by the Haitian people, their promise to put down their arms once President Aristide leaves.
Democracy is not a laboratory product or factory product to be consumed with threats, dictates and/or sanctions; it is rather a game of compromise and/or understanding, difficult and certainly hard at times, within a human group in search of harmony, security and peace for the progress of all.
In this context, any disagreement resolved by armed violence or by any other form of violence, to the advantage of an uncompromising minority in its thirst for power, creates a dangerous precedent which risks encouraging the continuous reevaluation, if not destruction of assets, to be ameliorated of course, of the assimilation of democratic processes. “It is democracy only in as much as it is continuously being created.”
In effect, having supported three (3) years of pitiless violence of unfair, unjustified and destructive sanctions against Haiti and the poor majority of its children, on February 29th, 2004, in the year of the Bicentenial of Haiti, your socio-Darwinist government, in accord with those revanchist of France and suiviste of Canada, used armed violence one more time to strip the majority of the People of one of its fundamental democratic assets, respect of its constitutional choices.
Yours and other governments pretend to care and even to be friends of Haiti and the Haitian People. But the past and present life of my country reveal so much disturbing and even repulsive expressions of what they consider to be concerns and tokens of friendship.
Unfortunately, on one hand, the intellectual elites rise up through texts, while on the other hand, the economic elites adapt to become “partners” and/or dependable and exemplary honorary consuls.
Since these elites are always wary of the aspirations and especially of the dynamic organization of the majority determined to enjoy its rights, they instinctively get closer and agree, on the basis of common prejudices, to slow down the advant of the majority. And this while shamelessly ignoring Constitution and law. Their behaviours, their positions and actions during the three (3) years of their opposition to president Aristide and to Fanmi Lavalas are more than convincing proof.
After all is said and done, a variety of elements of different types seems to contradict the version of voluntary resignation of president Aristide. The doubt on the conditions of his departure is so heavy, that CARICOM did not yet resolve to acknowledge the temporarily government; the African union adopted a similar position, while the government of South Africa considers Jean-Bertrand Aristide the constitutional president of Haiti where as the majority which elected him continuously demands his return.
It is also important to take into account the political confusion and uncertainty, the risks of explosion and of social tears created by the suspicious resignation of a president with whom the majority identifies and on whom it lays its hopes of better life in an Haiti of justice, equity and security.
Haiti was experiencing a period of relative stability; from the return of president Aristide on October 15th, 1994, including the five years of Mr René Préval presidency, until January/February, 2004 the beginning of the 4th year of the second term of president Aristide. Armed attack against the Academy of Police on July 28th, 2001 and that of December 17th, 2001 against the National Palace along with reactions translated in popular acts of violence which followed, the armed attacks in Pernales and acts of vandalism against the Power Station of Péligre in the course of the year 2004, all these attempts of the armed opposition to destabilize the State did not affect the course of negotiations regarding the preliminary plan for legislative and local elections. Notice that these armed attacks were carried out by members of the old FADH and FRAPH, artisans of the September 30th, 1991 coup d’etat who had sought refuge in the Dominican Republic; some of them had already been condemned by justice and others sought for traffic of, among other things, drugs and/or international terrorism.
The political climate worsened when, during January and February, 2004, these opposition terrorists, tolerated or supported by your Government and others, launched an assassinations campaign of policemen, destroying police stations and other public buildings and controling certain cities of the country through the rule of arms.
The violence of the three (3) years of economic sanctions speeded up the general deterioration of all forms of life in Haiti and in an irreversible manner in certain essential and fragile circles; however they in no way softened up the opposition’s extreme stance and steer that opposition towards the sense of compromise continuously encouraged and supported by president Aristide and Fanmi Lavalas.
As the majority of the people remained faithful to its choice and the opposition’s street demonstrations remained the _expression of a minority unable to motivate the majority in joining, the governments of the United States, France and Canada, for reasons already pointed out, had no other alternative than the use of armed violence to decapitate and dismantle Fanmi Lavalas, regardless of the human and material damage which had to be inflicted on Haiti and its People.
The “rebels”, members of the old FADH and the torturers of the old FRAPH, were the ideal cover, in light of their well-known history of murderers without creed nor law and the opportunity offered to them to take revenge on president Aristide. Once the violent destabilization objectives were met, American marines, French, Canadian and Chilean troops would come to hold the “rebels” at bay, long enough to set up a government of “transition “, and the UN forces would take charge to manage the rest.
In spite of a propaganda campaign aiming at reassuring the population of the “transition’s” progress, this blow of Jarnac (stab in the back) proves to have transformed the social, political and economic environment into a vast field of latent battle where every interest group positions itself while making sure to mine every inch of ground for the others.
Before February 29th, 2004, it was a matter of the majority of the Haitian People linked to Jean-Bertrand Aristide/Lavalas upseting, others of the minority “ friends of Haiti “. Today, it is a matter of clans of the disparate minority, some with power, others on the periphery and/or lusting for power, of the “ friends of Haiti “, and of the majority of the Haitian People always linked to Jean-Bertrand Aristide/Lavalas are underground, but does not cease upsetting.
While there is still time, would it not be necessary that the true friends of Haiti, within the OAS, the UN and of the European Union demand that the genocide triggered off on February 29th, 2004 and which advances under the pretence of a “transition” which tries openly to hide its true name be stopped' The Action Plan of a national compromise for the progress of the democratic process was proposed by CARICOM and ratified by OAS; President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Fanmi Lavalas with the support of the Majority of Haitian people approved it and were ready to implement it.
For more than three (3) months, American marines, French, Canadian and Chilean force of FIMIH operated in a way that opened the possibility of leading Haiti and its People in the grip of undercover militarism.
The MINUSTAH forces took over for the purpose, they pretend, of stabilizing a socio-political environment in which the potency of weapons had overtaken reason and wisdom in the democratic game. The overwhelming majority of Haitian People, deliberately and freely engaged in establishing lasting institutional structures for the sustainable practice of democracy; it should be noted how powers within the OAS, the UN and of the European Union in the course of last three (3) years joined forces in order to render viable, by any anti-democratic politicking subterfuge, or even dishonesty, a marginal and scattered opposition, to the point of keeping silent on, if not supporting or even including in their efforts, the pressure of weapons to reach their objectives.
Resolutions 1529 and 1542 of the UN Security Council authorized FIMIH and Minustah for the promotion of peace and stability, and that of the OAS acknowledging the de facto Alexander Boniface/Latortue government were taken on the basis of documents which would normally be credible, because of the stamp of State authorities who acted; nonetheless, what the UN and the OAS should know, is that these Haitian authorities acted at a time and in circumstances where they could only rely on your guarantee of the truth of the events surrounding President Aristide that morning of February 20, 2004.
In the final analysis, all the OAS resolutions on Haiti relative to the problems of the May 21st, 2000 elections, and the Plan of Action of CARICOM seemed to assert imperious the obligation to guarantee democratic assets and the continuous progress of the process; the membership of the actors and the period when the opposition’s armed agression took the character of a declared war against the State, should have triggered off the alarm for the OAS side, for the “ friends of Haiti “, and even for the UN so that precautionary actions be taken, in order that the requirements of building and protecting democracy be respected and applied by all interested parties.
The originators, the implementor and beneficiaries of the February 29th, 2004 coup d’etat are using all kinds of machinations to incriminate Fanmi Lavalas, as well as all types of promises, in the hope of co-opting, without including it, the majority of a population brutally deprived of the symbol motivating its patience and its efforts and sacrifices to mobilize and participate in the improvement of its living conditions.
The government in power, its international advisers and the national sector organized to draw all possible benefits, they all pretend to ignore the evolution of the majority, relative to its knowledge and to its will to enjoy its rights; or perhaps they would like to believe in the however unpredictable perspective, that the specter of the members of the old FADH/FRAPH, of the UN force, or of the cunningness of the government and of the International will suffice to undo the closeness and the trust developed during more than fifteen years between the great majority of the Haitian People and Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Haiti in the year of the Bicentenary of its Independence still wedged in the bi-secular gears of the original antagonism sclerosing between its socio-economic categories; reinforced antagonism and made complexed in the course of the centuries by their reproduction’s internal dynamics and that of the active external elements which grafted themselves on top or became part and parcel.
In the course of the last fifteen (15) years, an important and promising mutation started at the grassrooots majority of the Haitian population, in cities and in rural areas. The elites, taught to consider themselves representative of Haiti’s values and raison d'être, did not understand or became alarmed when faced with the progressive range of this mutation in social, economic, political and cultural domains in the country. Do the influential powers within the OAS, the European Union and the UN on the Haiti dossier, realize that this mutation is genarated by the increase in needs, demands, democratic practices of the population’s broad base grassroot on which depends the sustainable stability and peace, and that this mutation is irreversible'
I would therefore not be able to imagine that the majority of the OAS Member States, of the EU, of the Security Council of the UN, the majority of the representatives elected by American, Canadian and French people, made a pact with the politico-military plan to destabilize the Haitian State with the objective of causing the banishment of President Aristide at about two (2) years of the end of its 2nd non-renewable, constitutional mandate.
If such is not the case, it is in the best interest of the future of the democratic process, in an environment of peace and stability that OAS, the European Union and the United Nations grab the opportunity of the presence of the Blue Helmets to organize the establishment of a context conducive to the CARICOM Plan and the assets to be supplemented as part of the initially agreed plan partly negotiated under the aegis of OAS.
Such correction would put Haiti back on the rails leading, as part of the training and strengthening of democracy, in a third constitutional transfer of power by an elected president to a new also elected president, according to the prescriptions of the Constitution.
M. Ambassador Foley, you and your colleagues must, without a doubt, feel comfortable and content in doing in and to my country whatever the military and economic might of your governments dictate; as far as I am concerned, my source of wisdom, strength, serenity and pride, in the face of the wickedness of certain people in power, is the never-ending will of the poor majority of my compatriots to keep hope for a better alive and active tomorrow.
Slavery and dictatorship had been imposed upon us; we have fought and stopped them. Today, in whatever form they are planned in order to undermine our option for effective participatory democracy, others and us who truly believe in these principles and objectives, should never, under no circumstances, betray them. Democracy is a human concept originated from the experience of life of mankind. Societies the world over are still experimenting it, at one degree or another.
Whenever undemocratic means are condoned and/or used to purportedly protect the gains and/or steady the course of the democratic process, that sends to the people apprenticing democracy a confusing message about the facts, the meaning and the rules of democracy, and that threatens to take us all back to the jungle law of the strongest; in fact, quite often nowadays, what prevails is the will of states with hegemonic economic and military powers, and having the largest and deadliest arsenal.
Democracy is said to be a game of compromise; but unfortunately for Haiti and its people, your government and others who claim to be their friends, instead of standing up for compromise between the Lavalas majority led by President Aristide and the platform of the opposition minority and its armed aggressions against the state and Lavalas; they chose to side with and act in favor of the uncompromising opposing minority; thus breaking dangerously the democratic process and jeopardizing its future.
Between the genuine struggle of the popular majority and the intellectual business “elites” your government and others opted for the disparate politically incoherent “intellectuals” and the corruption prone business 'elite', both of which you and your predecessor have publicly qualified as such.
Generations upon generations of Haitians have been wasted, and Haiti has long been on the verge of becoming a totally barren and disaster plagued land, with an exploding and agonizing population. The historical and contemporary facts are available to whoever is truly interested in what should be done urgently and in the short term, so that the long-term future of the country could finally rest on gradually secure political and economic ground.
Caring friends of Haiti, republicans and democrats, liberals and conservatives, socialists, and capitalists would best serve Haiti by always acting in ways to encourage all sectors of Haitian society, political parties and government to operate in all circumstances, with no exception, within the framework of the Constitution and the law.
On march 2, with the probable approval of Secretary of State Colin Powell and Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega, you “let me know” that I should leave Haiti (go into exile) as soon as a new, i.e. putchist Prime Minister is appointed, or I would risk being jailed and/or assassinated (while the US marines were and the UN soldiers, are in Haiti supposedly to provide at least a sense of security to all sectors').
On the one hand, you are well aware of article 41 of the democratic Constitution of Haiti, which states that, “no one of Haitian nationality, for no reason whatsoever may be deported or forced to leave the Haitian soil”.
On the other hand, I spent three (3) months or so under cover (from March 12 to June 27); since then I have been for months in the jail of the facto government and its allies.
I know this letter may trigger sooner or later, both from the de facto government in Haiti and the US government additional actions or pressures to the ones I have been subjected to so far.
Mr. Ambassador, what next do you know is in store for me'
One of the essential guarantees of durability of Justice, security, stability, peace and progress in the world, must be consistancy and coherence of the international and regional organizations of States, and rights of the People and the person, in their systematic refusal to recognize the existence of any government issued from a coup d’etat, whatever the reasons, the means and form, in a country where democracy is already established.
N.B.: Mr ambassador Foley, before sending you this correspondence dated August 23rd, 2004, I want to take time to observe the reaction of the OAS, the UN and particularly that of the American, French and Canadian governments, in following significant events:
I. The public admission not only of members of the old FADH and FRAPH, but also from the Group 184 and from certain political parties, to have been collaborating from the inception:
A. Of the terrorists acts against :
a) The Police Academy on July 28, 2001
b) The national Palace on December17, 2001
c) Public buildings, such as police Precincts (with police officers' assassinations), court houses, customs offices, the Péligre Electrical Power Plant, etc.
B. of the armed occupation of cities such as Gonaïves, Hinche, Cap-Haïtien, Fort-Liberté etc.
II. The occupation of police stations by members of the old FADH and FRAPH after they chased the agents of the PNH, and armed parades staged by members of the demobilized army in various cities of the country with the full knowledge of the de facto government, the PNH and the UN forces.
III. Socio-political discrimination at the detriment and stigmatising diabolisation and ostracism of the poor majority of the population, by de facto regime and its associates, because of Lavalas’ affinity with this majority.
IV. The continued persecutions, arbitrary and illegal arrests of cadres, members and supporters of Fanmi Lavalas, and also other simple citizens in general from the poor majority.
V. Trials and/or verdicts pre-orchestrated by the political justice machine of de facto regime of which one of the most brazen examples is that of the defendants in the assassinations of Antoine Izméry and of father Jean – Mary Vincent.
HRES 941 IH : thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z'c109:H.RES.941:
Honoring the service of Gerard Latortue, Haiti’s Interim Prime Minister. (Introduced in House)
HRES 941 IH |109th CONGRESS |2d Session
Honoring the service of Gerard Latortue, Haiti’s Interim Prime Minister.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. SHAW (for himself and Mr. FOLEY) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations
Honoring the service of Gerard Latortue, Haiti’s Interim Prime Minister.
Whereas Gerard Latortue worked as a lawyer and law professor in Haiti after studying politics and economics in Paris, France;
Whereas Gerard Latortue co-founded the Institute of Economics and Business Study so that Haitians could study economics locally;
Whereas Gerard Latortue served as an official with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Africa;
Whereas Gerard Latortue served as Haiti’s Foreign Minister in 1988;
Whereas Gerard Latortue hosted talk shows on South Florida’s Haitian Television Network;
Whereas the seven-member Haitian Council of Sages appointed Gerard Latortue as Interim Prime Minister on March 9, 2004;
Whereas Gerard Latortue was sworn in as Interim Prime Minister on March 12, 2004;
Whereas Gerard Latortue worked to eliminate political cronyism and corruption in the Haitian civil service;
Whereas Gerard Latortue collaborated with officials of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration on counternarcotics initiatives;
Whereas Gerard Latortue sought to restore international relations;
Whereas Gerard Latortue promoted and oversaw free elections for a democratic Haiti; and
Whereas on February 7, 2006, over two million Haitian citizens went to the polls to elect a permanent and democratic government: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives—
(1) congratulates the people of the Republic of Haiti for holding peaceful and democratic elections on February 7, 2006, resulting in the election of President Rene Preval and Prime Minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis;
(2) expresses appreciation to Gerard Latortue for his service to Haiti during a tumultuous period of civil unrest; and
(3) recognizes Gerard Latortue’s tenure as Interim Prime Minister of Haiti from March 12, 2004, to June 9, 2006.
“Rezistans” (Lyrics to 'Rezisans', a song written and sung by Sò Ann)
Source: Haitiaction – English Translation www.haitiaction.net/News/HIP/SAlyrics.html
We have endured 30 seasons of pain
Resistance o resistance o we are a people who have resistance
We have learned to walk under ground
They have made us know the way to jail
We went to hell even though we are not dead
“Rezistans” (Song written and sung by Sò Ann)
Rezistans o rezistans o nou se yon pèp ki genyen rezistans (4x)
Nou pase trant sezon doulè, nou pran nan toubiyon malè
Rezistans o rezistans o nou se yon pèp ki genyen rezistans (4x)
Nou aprann mache anba tè, kenbe souf nou anba lanmè
Yo fè nou konn chimen prizon, fèmen n nan kan konsantrasyon
N al nan lanfè san nou pa mouri, nou troke kòn ak Lisifè
Haïti : Mobilisation contre la présence des militaires étrangers
vendredi 28 juillet 2006
P-au-P, 28 Juil. 06 [AlterPresse] --- A l'occasion du 28 juillet 2006, date qui ramène le 91e anniversaire de la première occupation américaine d'Haïti, le Mouvement Démocratique Populaire (MODEP) lance une campagne de sensibilisation contre l'occupation d'Haïti par des militaires étrangers sous le couvert des Nations Unies.
Le coup d'envoi de cette mobilisation pour la désoccupation du pays a été donné dans la localité de Marchaterre (Cayes, troisième ville d'Haïti dans le département du Sud), où a été perpétré le massacre d'un groupe de paysans haïtiens sous l'occupation américaine (1915 – 1934), suivant les informations obtenues par l'agence en ligne AlterPresse.
En présence d'une centaine de riverains, une délégation du MODEP et du Mouvement de l'Unité du Peuple Aux Cayes (MUPAC) a incendié, ce 28 juillet 2006 à Marchaterre, un drapeau américain et hissé le bicolore bleu et rouge haïtien à l'endroit même où était érigée, après 1986, une statue réalisée par l'artiste haïtien Jean René Jérôme en mémoire des paysans tués sous la première occupation américaine.
La statue, qui montrait un paysan muni d'une pioche en position de résistance, avait été détruite par des mains inconnues en 1989.
Dans l'après-midi de ce 28 juillet 2006, les promoteurs de la campagne de sensibilisation contre la désoccupation du pays ont tenu une conférence-débat aux Cayes, dans la station de radio communautaire dénommée Voix Claudy Museau, du nom d'un militant politique assassiné pendant la période du coup d'Etat militaire (1991 – 1994).
Dans la localité historique de Marchaterre, les membres du MODEP ont donc mis en branle leur campagne contre la présence de 7300 militaires et environ 1700 policiers de plusieurs pays qui composent la Mission de Stabilisation des Nations Unies en Haïti (MINUSTAH).
“ Toutes les organisations, tous les militants et citoyens, ne doivent pas marchander leur participation dans la lutte pour la libération du pays humilié par ses amis de la communauté internationale “, affirme Smith Maximé.
Selon ce responsable du MODEP, cette campagne vise, entre autres, à sensibiliser les citoyennes et citoyens d'Haïti sur ce problème, dénoncer les exactions des occupants sur la population et contraindre les autorités haïtiennes à utiliser leurs propres ressources pour garantir la sécurité du pays.
Une pétition contre l'occupation ainsi que d'autres documents y relatifs seront publiés. Des conférences-débats, des affiches publicitaires, sit-in et expositions de photo seront organisés, indique, pour sa part, Rodeney Cirius du MODEP.
Le Mouvement Démocratique Populaire estime que la présence des soldats onusiens dans le pays contribue largement à la détérioration de la situation économique du pays.
“ Nous avons un pays délabré, un pays qui dépend financièrement de l'aide internationale “, fustige Smith Maximé. [do rc apr 28/07/2006 16:50]
Special note to a valued HLLN member:
In fact, as I was posting this e-mail and came across the Altepress article (”Haïti : Mobilisation contre la présence des militaires étrangers “ copied below.) The article reminded all of us of your family’s service to Haiti. For, according to the article, yesterday, July 28, 2006, Haitians in Haiti who remembered their Haitian history, who remembered the 91st anniversary, on July 28, 2006 of the first US occupation, especially the Haitians at Marchaterre, Cayes were moved enough to raise the Haitian flag at the exact spot where your dear brother, the celebrated Haitian artist, Jean René Jérôme, after 1986, had put up a wonderful artwork to memorialize the peasants who were massacred there by the US during the first US occupation of Haiti.
Of course, like all other Haitian development, productivity and advancement, the puppet Macoutes who work for Haiti's enemies and the US containment-in-poverty agenda for Haiti, have long since destroyed your brother's memorial, just as the US Marines destroyed the Haitian medical school in 2004 and replaced it with prison barracks and their military quarters. Just as the first thing the Philistines (Guy Phillip/Louis Jodel Chamblain), whom the savage Latortue represent and celebrates, destroyed the Haitian museum as they entered Port au Prince in 2004. Jean Renè Jerome's amazing artwork no longer exists, except in our hearts and memory. Which is why HLLN exists, to remind folks of what is constantly being erased about Haitians. To remind the world of Jean Renè Jeromes memorial. For, anything indigenously Haitian is rejected by these modern-day slaver-makers and, as Yvon Neptune's August 23, 2004 letter indicates, the destruction of Haiti's fledging steps towards democracy – it's two democratic assets, the February 1996 and 2001 peaceful and constitutional transfer of power – should have been reinforced by the US and the so-called international community, not deliberately and purposefully destroyed under US behest and direction. But it was, just as these puppets destroyed Jean Rene Jerome's memorial artwork and get lifetime pensions for a 'job well done', ten years back-pay and now bills to honor them in the US congress, sponsored by folks with last names like, “Foley.”
These particular Americans only wish to raise edifices to their lies and honor their puppets who kill our people like Latortue. But you, Frantz Jerome, just like Jean Renè Jerome, build sculptures that live indelibly in our memories, our psyches and consciousness as a people, a nation of resisters to white tyranny. And, no matter how many coup d'etats or Apaids, Lucas' or Latortues the white men brings to give a 'black face' to his oppression, their work shall never live in our Haitian memory as anything but the work of assassins, liars and thieves.
When our ancestors came to the Americas, they came naked and in shackles. Only what was inside their heads, hearts and souls sustained them, just as Jean Rene Jerome’s artwork remains in our hearts and memories to sustain us. Today, Haitian productivity, all our indigenous edifices, our physical structures are always being destroyed by the white man’s-sponsored and financed coup d’etats. But, in our heads, heart and soul, lie the Haitian legacy, the Haitian pride and no one can bestow this on any Haitian. Those who trash their heritage for white approval and Eurocentric jobs and honors that destroy and kill Dessalines’ descendants are white (wo)men in black face like Latortue, Annan, Condi and Powell. They are not Dessalines’ “Black” folk. For, what lives in us Black folks cannot be indefinitely imprisoned, dishonored or destroyed. Thank you Professor Frantz Jerome for translating this very long Yvon Neptune August 23, 2006 letter. Thank you for continuing to serve the people of Haiti and following the Jerome legacy.
Men Anpil Chay Pa Lou!