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Haiti Update: Hold the U.S./U.N. accountable

_#00 Anti-govt protestors

Anti-govt protesters are preparing barricades to paralyze ‘s capital should the police continue firing on peaceful demonstrators. They are ready to go at all major intersections of the capital. Photo courtesy of @HaitiInfoProj

Condemn the police killings of demonstrators in Haiti by the UN-supervised police and affiliates! Demand an end to the US/UN occupation
. The United Nations, along with the United States and Canada, trains and supervises the murderous Haitian police and oversees Haiti’s horrendous prisons where beatings, torture and killings are reportedly routine.
Take Action: Contact U.N. representative in Haiti, Sophie Boutaud de la Combe: e-mail: boutauddelacombes@un.org; Twitter: @SBDLC @MINUJUSTH
  • Condemn the police killings of demonstrators in Haiti by the UN-supervised police and attaches
  • End the US/UN occupation
_#1 Millions N the streets N Haiti

Anti-govt protests now on Route Delmas in PAP, . Some protesters still focusing on while majority are calling for resignation of           Photo courtesy of @HaitiInfoProj

Background:

Sunday November 18, 2018, was the 215th anniversary of the victory at the battle of Vertieres when Haitians won a decisive battle against French forces in 1803, leading to the declaration of Haitian independence. People all over Haiti marked the occasion with massive protests against the theft of billions of dollars of Petrocaribe funds provided to the Haitian government by Venezuela. The demonstrators continued their call for the end to the murderous UN/US occupation and the imposed, illegitimate government of president Jovenel Moise and prime minister Jean-Henri Ceant.

According to radio and witness reports the police have been shooting at unarmed protestors, wounding and killing an undetermined number. The situation on the ground in Haiti has been worsening as the Moise regime, backed by the US and the UN, has ramped up a savage campaign of repression against the population. In the Port-au-Prince area alone, the list of attacks includes the police killing of a student leader on 10/31/18, the shootings during the week of 11/5/18 of teachers and high school students in Site Soley (Cite Soleil) protesting months of non-payment of overdue salaries and the lack of educational supplies, the mass killings and land-grab expulsion in Kanaan (Canaan) and the massacres on November 13 and 17, 2018 in the community of Lasalin (La Saline).
_#13 PHTK death squads mercs

 Now these scary guys are beginning to show up in different areas of ‘s capital. Protesters are so brave to continue in the face of this level of repression. Photo courtesy of @HaitiInfoProj

Please read the Fanmi Lavalas statement condemning the 11/13 horrible massacre in Lasalin which occurred during the commemoration of another government organized massacre in Granravin (Grand Ravine) on 11/13/17, one year ago to the day. The statement in Kreyol can also be heard over a graphic video from @Haitiinfoproj showing some of the victims. The death toll varies as reports from witnesses are being assessed; many were disappeared, bodies were also reportedly burned and trucked away.

We support and stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Haiti as they refuse to accept dictatorship and terror. Support and stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers on the ground in Haiti! They are unarmed and bravely taking on the US/UN-supported killers, the UN-trained police and their paramilitary attaches or affiliates.

DONATE to support the work of Haiti Action Committee Sent by Haiti Action Committee; www.haitisolidarity.net; @HaitiAction1 and on Facebook

Images courtesy of @HaitiInfoProj show:
(1) protestors & (2) heavily masked & camouflaged militarized police & affiliates w/state of the art weapons/vehicles/trainers that are hourly utilized to kill Haitian people: unarmed peaceful protestors including students, teachers & children. (3) The police & affiliates are being trained in unprecedented numbers; not seen since the 2004 US instigated coup d’etat & @UN occupation of Haiti that ushered in the corrupt #PHTK regime; a regime that is committed to the massacre of Haitians opposed to the return of Duvalierism.
Images courtesy of @HaitiAction1 & supporters show:
University of the Aristide Foundation (UNIFA) graduates and UNIFA medical students in partnership w/SUNY-Stony Brook to establish a Physical Therapy department at UNIFA.

 

 

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URGENT ALERT: NEW REBELLION IN HAITI – SUPPORT GRASSROOTS RESISTANCE & INDEPENDENT MEDIA

 Donate to the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund using the ‘Donate’ button ***

The spark that lit the most recent rebellion was an announcement by the Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant that gas, diesel and kerosene prices would be raised by 38-51%.  Haitians took to the streets en-masse across the country.  After just two days, the growing grassroots mobilization forced the government to rescind the gas price increases.  But the protests escalated into a two-day general strike, barricades blocking streets and highways in cities throughout the country.  PM Jack Guy Lafontant resigned but it was too little too late.  The Haitian people are demanding the removal of the US-backed and fraudulently-elected president, Jovenel Moïse.

WHAT LED TO THIS LATEST UPRISING:

  • The Jovenel Moïse government’s announcement of a double-digit increase in fuel prices, increasing the cost of gas by about $1.20/gallon, sparked the latest protests which began July 6th
  • Government corruption including the theft of $3.8 billion from PetroCaribe by officials – those named include two former prime ministers as well as heads of private firms in Haiti. HAITI ACTION COMMITTEE
  • Ongoing attacks on Haiti’s grassroots majority, including the burning of public markets, targeting market women; government land theft and demolition of homes; teachers not being paid; attacks on student protesters; and the violence of poverty – 59% of Haitians live on less than $2/day, 24.7% on less than $1.25.
  • Ongoing repression.  As of July 6th, independent media on the ground Radio Timoun reported five people killed and many wounded by gunfire by police and government-sponsored paramilitary; more protestors have been killed or injured since.
  • Fourteen years of corrupt government since the 2004 US-backed coup that removed Haiti’s first democratically-elected president, much loved Jean/Bertrand Aristide, and imposed a UN/US military occupation.  The massive election fraud that made Jovenel Moïse president in 2017.  Fanmi Lavalas, the party of Aristide and the poor majority, said on July 8th, 2018:”The cauldron of corruption and lies has been boiling non-stop 24 hours a day. The time has come to overturn it, for Haitians to begin to see the light of peace. Haiti is for all Haitians.

THE IMPORTANCE OF INDEPENDENT MEDIA IN HAITI:

  • Independent media including Radio and Tele Timoun have been vital to spread the news of what is actually going on rather than spouting the US Embassy/Haitian government line.
  • Independent Haitian journalists have increasingly been targeted and some killed for reporting the truth and giving a voice to the people’s movement.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Donate to support independent GRASSROOTS MEDIA IN HAITI, so it can continue to share news and information among people in all parts of Haiti, and with the rest of the world.

Make a tax-deductible donation to the
Haiti Emergency Relief Fund using the ‘Donate’ button  via their fiscal sponsor Eastbay Sanctuary Covenant’s Paypal

For more info: Haiti Action Committee www.haitisolidarity.net  @HaitiAction1 & on FACEBOOK


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