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Haiti Action Committee Denounces the Attempted Assassination of Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide

3-21-2017

_3-20-17_Aristide supporters#3Supporters of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide   Photo courtesy of HaitiInfoProj

See also: Video footage of Aristide supporters just prior to assassination attempt. Video courtesy of Wendy Joseph Lerisse

Yesterday, there was an assassination attempt against former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti’s first democratically elected president. President Aristide had been summoned to appear as a witness in a court case. While returning from court, his motorcade was attacked by armed Haitian police. A number of people were injured in the attack. Mass protests against the police broke out immediately.

In the wake of the electoral coup which installed Jovenal Moise, a right-wing protege of former president Michel Martelly, as Haiti’s new president, there has been a marked increase in repression directed against grassroots activists.

This attack on President Aristide signals a new stage of terror in Haiti. It harkens back to the days of the Duvalier dictatorships. Human rights activists and all supporters of democracy in Haiti need to condemn this attempted assassination and demand that those who committed this act be brought to justice.

_3-20-17_fmr pres AristideFormer president Jean-Bertrand Aristide greets thousands of supporters in Port-au-Prince  3-20-17  Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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This video is part I of a 4 part interview

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Garvey duppy a go tek dem!

Source: Garvey duppy a go tek dem! 

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Garvey-duppy-a-go-tek-dem-_64317

From a news item published in this newspaper last week we learned that another attempt is underway in the United States Congress to have Jamaica’s first National Hero Marcus Garvey pardoned of federal mail theft.

The move is being led by Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (of Jamaican origin) and Congressmen Charlie Rangel and John Conyers. Rangel is no stranger to Jamaica and, indeed, has been guest speaker at several public functions on the island, including the St Ann Homecoming and Heritage Foundation, an advocate for Garvey’s exoneration…..

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Haiti Action Committee : HAITI ACTION COMMITTEE URGENT ACTION ALERT

Source: Haiti Action Committee : HAITI ACTION COMMITTEE URGENT ACTION ALERT

 

 

 

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2-16_fanmi-lavalas_021   educationbanner haiti_protests_18107915331Update upon the pro-democracy "Nou Pap Obeyi" movement in HaitiSUPPORT FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS IN HAITI
STOP THE ATTACKS ON FANMI LAVALAS

On June 7th, the office of Dr. Maryse Narcisse, the presidential candidate of Fanmi Lavalas, the party of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide who publicly endorsed her, was sprayed with gunfire. This blatant violence against the movement that has long represented Haiti’s poor majority sparked outrage in Haiti but was met by silence in the mainstream media in the U.S.  The State Department, which routinely portrays itself as a defender of democracy around the world, including in Haiti, had nothing to say about the attack.

This is no surprise.  The U.S., which orchestrated the 2004 coup against the democratically elected government of President Aristide, has been determined to prevent another Lavalas administration from governing in Haiti.  Having put in power former president Michel Martelly, who was associated with the disgraced Duvalier regime, through fraudulent elections in 2011, the State Department has been intent on imposing his successor through the same means. In 2015, fraudulent elections placed a little known Martelly protégé in the lead position heading to a run-off. Despite independent investigations that revealed burning of ballots, theft of ballot boxes, “election observers” who voted over and over again, and widespread voter suppression, U.S. State Department Special Coordinator Kenneth Merten argued that Haitians should accept the 2015 results and move on to the next round.

But Haitians refused the dictates of the State Department with statements and banners declaring “We Will Not Obey”. Calling the results an “electoral coup”, tens of thousands of people took to the streets demanding free and fair elections, insisting that their voices be heard and respected. It was only due to these popular protests that the Martelly dictatorial regime was replaced by an interim government, a verification commission was set up to investigate the elections, the fraud was exposed, and the 2015 elections were annulled.

This is a remarkable victory for the grassroots movement in Haiti.  But, as Haiti proceeds towards a new round of elections, the State Department and the European Union are challenging the decision to annul the 2015 elections. Both have threatened Haiti with economic consequences if the electoral process does not proceed to their satisfaction. And they are allowing anti-Lavalas armed vigilantes like Guy Philippe, wanted as a drug trafficker by the DEA, to maraud through Haiti.

As the new round of electoral campaigning begins, we view with alarm the attack on Dr. Maryse Narcisse and Fanmi Lavalas.  We urge friends and supporters of Haiti to send a clear and strong message to both the State Department and your Congressional representatives.

* Condemn the armed attack on the offices of Dr. Maryse Narcisse and the continued attacks against the Lavalas movement.

* Denounce the continued interference and threats from the State Department and the European Union. They are attacks on Haitian sovereignty and self-determination.

* Support the right of the Haitian people to choose their own government through transparent, free and fair elections.

CALL SECRETARY KERRY’S OFFICE AT: 202-647-9572
or GO TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE AT: https://register.state.gov/contactus/contactusform AND WRITE HIM

CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS: (+1) 202-224-3121


Nou pap obeyi! Defying the international voter fix and forging unity and solidarity with Haiti

In the wake of the failure and collapse of the U.S. imposed dictatorship of Michel Martelly in Haiti, and as conservatives from the U.S. to the U.K. are being investigated for fraudulent electoral practices, the grassroots people of Haiti continue to escalate their fight for liberation, solidarity and dignity. Rocking the streets with “Nou pap obeyi!” illegitimate officials imposed by foreign colonizers, Haitians have fought on all levels to return governance of Haiti to its people.

Source: Nou pap obeyi! Defying the international voter fix and forging unity and solidarity with Haiti