Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

 

City-by-City Report – Feb.7 Internat’l Day in Solidarity with the Haitian People

 

Bulletin #3 — 62 Cities on 5 Continents say:

 

STOP UN massacres of the poor in Haiti!

END the foreign military occupation!

RESPECT Haiti’s sovereignty!

 

62 cities — in South Africa, the Philippines, South America, the Caribbean, Europe

and North America —

call from the popular movement in Haiti. This gives new meaning to the slogan, “Think

globally, act locally” — since these 75 far-flung activities, while coordinated behind the

same banner and similar demands, were all locally organized.

was in Haiti, where nearly 200,000 took to the streets in a massive outpouring in

cities and towns all over the country

joined hands in the February 7th mobilization, in answer to theThe heartbeat of it all.

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movement traveled from 34 settlements to hold an event at the Kennedy Road

settlement Feb. 7 “in support of the shack dwellers of Haiti.”

footage of the heavy-caliber killings of Haitian children, men and women in Cite Soleil

by an invasion force wearing the Blue Helmets of the U.N., and expressed “hope that

networks of solidarity could be developed between shack dwellers under pressure in

different countries.”

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7, to protest UN massacres and sexual abuse in Haitian shantytowns

demonstration took place in front of the United Nations Development Programme office

in the capital city of Georgetown.

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Nations headquarters to “demand an end to the occupation, exile and political

imprisonment” being imposed upon Haiti. From coast to coast, many US and Canadian

cities organized Haiti solidarity activities, including

Calgary, Halifax, Windsor, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Sacramento, San Jose, San

Diego, Tucson

In Durban, South Africa, nearly 300 members of the Abahlali shack dwellersThey saw videoIn Guyana, the women’s organization Red Thread picketed a UN office Feb.. TheIn New York City, the Haitian community protested Feb. 7 in front of UnitedMiami, Boston, Detroit, Montreal,and Philadelphia.

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protesters targeted the embassy or consulates of Brazil, which supplies the top

commander and many soldiers for the UN military force in Haiti.

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center to demand the immediate withdrawal of Brazil’s troops from Haiti.

Argentina,

immediate return of Argentine UN troops from Haiti.

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Mexican Federation of Electrical Workers (SME) visited the Haitian Embassy, to protest

the ongoing UN attacks on the people of Cite Soleil, and demonstrate support for the

demands of the International Day in Solidarity with Haiti.

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the Haitian popular movement on Feb. 7 in condemning the US/UN occupation of

Haiti, just as they oppose the presence of US troops on Philippine soil.

In Dublin, Ireland, as well as in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California,In Rio de Janeiro, 6,000 Brazilian youth and students marched through the cityInsix protest actions called for an end to the UN operation in Haiti, and theIn Mexico City, representatives of the National Democratic Convention and theIn Manila, Gabriela, the largest women’s federation in the Philippines, joined

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Guadaloupe, Martinique, Trinidad and the Caribbean port city of Puerto Cabello in

Venezuela, as well as massive protests all over Haiti.

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school and university tour, educating students about the Haitian Revolution, the

grassroots liberation movement, and how Canada gave key support to the 2004 coup and

today’s brutal UN occupation.

In the Caribbean, Haiti solidarity activities took place in the Dominican Republic,In Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada, Haiti solidarity activists are doing a high

75 protests in 18 countries on 5 continents — A city-by-city report

on the Feb. 7th International Day

 

62 Cities with one message: “Stop the War

against the Haitian People!”

 

Port-au-Prince and 9 other cities in Haiti –

nearly 200,000 people took to the streets all over Haiti on Feb. 7, to commemorate the 1986

overthrow of the Duvalier dictatorship and in conjunction with the International Day in Solidarity

with Haiti. Demonstrations, street rallies and meetings demanded an end to the US/UN

occupation, freedom for political prisoners, and the return of President Aristide and other political

exiles. In the capital city, according to reports on the ground, crowds variously estimated

at around 100,000 filled the streets of Port-au-Prince, starting at St. Jean Bosco, site of Father

Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s church which in the ’80s was a focal point for the popular movement

opposing the rule of the Duvaliers and the hated Haitian Army. Marchers stopped at the

MINUSTAH [UN] office to demand the departure of all foreign military forces from Haiti. The large

crowd surged on to the National Palace, where voices shouted out to President Preval not to

forget the people who voted for him in huge numbers one year ago — and took to the streets to

block fraud and ensure his election — especially the people in popular neighborhoods like Cite

Soleil who are targets of systematic UN attacks. “Justice for the victims of Cite Soleil,” they

chanted. In

significant protests on Feb. 7 in

Gonvaives,

week earlier, UN Special Envoy to Haiti Edmond Mulet told a forum in Washington DC that the

Lavalas popular movement was dwindling, and that “this issue of…Aristide is not present

anymore in the political sphere in Haiti.” But for Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, from the Sept. 30th

Foundation,

largest political movement in Haiti, as they have proven once again,” he told HIP, summing up the

day’s outpouring. “The UN and the international press can do their best to marginalize them and

cover-up the truth, but [Lavalas supporters] are here to stay and their numbers have never been

stronger

untruths.” [For pictures and details on the Haiti demonstrations, go to

In a massive outpouring, an estimatedCap Haitien, Haiti’s second largest city, tens of thousands marched, and there wereLes Cayes, St. Marc, Hinche, Miragoane, Jacmel, Leogane,as well as Port-de-Paix in the Northwest and smaller events elsewhere. Only onethe massive Feb. 7th national demonstrations said it all. “Lavalas continues to be the. Mr. Mulet and the ‘international community’ have been caught in a web of their ownwww.haitiaction.net ]

Durban, South Africa

organize an event in the Kennedy Road shack settlement “in support of Haitian shack dwellers,”

Abahlali, the South African shack dwellers movement, decided to

in particular those living in “the massive shack settlement of Cite Soleil (Sun City).” They write:

 

“Abahlali had an all night meeting on Feb. 3 at which this small gesture of solidarity was

discussed with representatives from all of the 34 settlements affiliated to the movement. There

was tremendous enthusiasm and a hope that ongoing networks of solidarity could be developed

between shack dwellers under pressure in different countries.”

 

Here is a participant’s description of the Feb. 7 event in Durban [held at Kennedy Rd because no

other settlement has electricity]: “

Road settlement. Taxis don’t run after the commuter rush but the hall, which

takes 300 people, was close to full. People came from all over the city although

most had to spend the night in Kennedy Road because there was not transport

home.” Organizers commented on people’s reaction on seeing video footage of

two UN attacks in Cite Soleil — the July 6, 2005 massacre in Bois

Neuf/Drouillard and an Aug. 24, 2006 raid in Simond Pele:

[UN] soldiers moving into the settlements [in Cite Soleil], blocking the

exits etc are images that look strikingly like what has happened in settlements

here [in South Africa] last year in response to mass mobilisation, although of

course people are very rarely killed here. When the films were finished there

was a forest of arms up for people wanting to discuss the films.

was excellent and very enthusiastic and focussed on how democratic national

democracies could actually be in this world,

agencies supposed to be ‘on the side of the people’ (from local NGOs to the

UN) so ruthlessly and relentlessly stigmatize the politics of the poor as

criminal.

media, been managing to follow the situation quite closely since Aristide was

removed from office.

part of the global day of action. Although the Haitian story is very depressing

there is something encouraging in knowing that you are not alone and that the

long fight back continues elsewhere.”….

the Center for Civil Society on the

program on Feb. 6 about the current situation in Haiti, as part of Haiti solidarity day.

Just got back from an amazing event in the Kennedy“The visuals of theThe discussionwhy local and internationalA few people in the hall had, despite a lack of access to all electronicPeople were tremendously excited to have been able to beSeparately, also in Durban, activists atUniversity of KwaZulu Natal campus organized a

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

through the center of Rio de Janeiro Feb. 1st — with two demands: 1) Immediate withdrawal of all

Brazilian UN troops from Haiti, and 2) University reform. The march went to the remains of the old

headquarters of the National Student Union (UNE), which was torched by the Brazilian military

and burned to the ground April 1, 1964 — the day after the US-backed military coup that ousted

the democratically elected President Goulart. That coup resulted in many years of repression by

the military dictatorship. Some of those same Brazilian military officers received “death squad”

type training from the US military at the School of the Americas, and their brutal traditions live on

in the Brazilian-led military occupation of Haiti today.

A demonstration of more than 6,000 youth and students marched

Montreal, Quebec

Haiti,” organized by a coalition including Oganizasyon Baz Fanmi Lavalas (Montreal) and Haiti

Action Montreal, marching to protests at the US and French embassies and Canadian

government offices.

popular masses in Haiti against the occupation of their country by UN forces, fully backed by

France, the US and Canada, which continue their bloody assault against the poor majority,

targeting leaders and supporters of the democratic movement.”

– March in downtown Montreal on Feb. 3 “against the foreign occupation of“This demonstration in Montreal is to support the campaign led by the

San Francisco, California –

Committee, rallied in the rain Feb. 7 at Powell & Market in the heart of downtown — to hear a talk

by Pierre Labossiere and a prayer from Sister Maureen Duignan for the victims of the US/UN

occupation in Haiti — then

Brazilian Consulate. The most popular chant on the march was “Kanmarad [comrades] in Cite

Soleil – We are with you all the way.”

Why are you killing in Haiti?” – condemning Brazil’s role in commanding UN troops in

Haiti, responsible for almost daily killings in popular neighborhoods of the Haitian capital.

a friend from Brazil, reported on recent mass protests in Rio de Janeiro in solidarity with Haiti,

demanding the withdrawal of Brazilian UN troops from Haiti. Brother Silvio told how in the slums

of Rio, police are invading the neighborhoods and shooting innocent people – so similar to what is

happening in

militant drumming by Ustadi, Tacuma, Rob, Maat and Lanier

residents, who were part of a delegation that witnessed a deadly Brazilian raid in Cite Soleil on

August 24, 2006, had a two-hour audience with Brazilian Consul General Mauricio Cortes Costa

to register their protest. They showed him close-up video footage of Brazilian soldiers firing heavy

weapons into civilian homes in the Simond Pele district, and a videotaped interview with the

mother of a young man killed in the UN raid. The consul replied with familiar justifications for the

repeated UN attacks on civilians in Cite Soleil.

been published of small children killed in the UN raids, the Brazilian consul said most of

the victims were “bandits.”

A hundred protesters, organized by the Haiti Actionmarched down Market Street to the beat of African drums to picket theArriving at the consulate, they chanted: “President Lula –Silvio,Cite Soleil. The demonstration ended with a grand five-minute finale of stirring,….The next day, two Bay AreaSeemingly oblivious of the many photos that have

Manila, Philippines

Philippines, issued a communique Feb. 7 “joining the call to end foreign military occupation of

Haiti,” mentioning in particular the military forces of the US, UN, France and Canada. [Note that

the US-backed Philippine government of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is one of the

regimes providing soldiers for the UN occupation force in Haiti.] Beginning with the headline,

“militant greetings from the Philippines,”

condemning the brutal attacks against civilians; many have already suffered and died in the

continuing bloody assaults and raids of foreign military troops….We stand by the people of Haiti in

honoring leaders and members of the community who gave their life for freedom and democracy.

We will stand by the people of Haiti in their quest for justice and peace amidst severe

repression.” In the Philippines, the statement continued, “like Haiti the climate of repression

looms over the people, especially leaders and members of organizations critical of the

government. Under the US-led ‘war on terror’, the Arroyo government has been responsible for

the extrajudicial killing of 830 people, 83 of them women, and 207 disappearances

until February 2007….The sexual and physical abuse of women and children in the history of US

occupation has been documented….

economic dependency and subservience continue up to this day.” The Gabriela statement

opposed the foreign military occupation of Haiti, just as they oppose the presence of US

troops on Philippine soil.

to Lebanon, which have “killed and maimed hundreds of thousands,” Gabriela said this

push more peoples and nations to organize themselves in the name of justice, peace, democracy

and sovereignty. Mass protests will not stop but will grow bigger in an atmosphere of repression,

injustice and domination.”

demands: “Stop the war against the people of Haiti! Respect the sovereignty of Haiti! End foreign

military occupation of Haiti! Long live the people of Haiti! Long live international solidarity!”

– Gabriela, the national alliance of women’s organizations in theGabriela stated that it “…joins the people of Haiti infrom 2001The abuse of women and children and the demeaningListing the many wars started or backed by the US, from Vietnam to Iraq“will onlyThe Gabriela women’s federation closed their statement with these

Mexico City

allied with Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador] and the Mexican Federation of Electrical

Workers (SME) visited the Haitian Embassy Feb. 8, to protest the massacres of the poor by UN

forces in Haiti, and show support for the demands of the International Day in Solidarity with the

Haitian People.

Representatives of the National Democratic Convention [the mass organization

Miami, Florida

afternoon Feb. 7 at Veye Yo, 32 NE 54th St, in the heart of Miami’s Little Haiti, for a rally in

support of the demands of the popular movement in Haiti.

– Father Gerard Jean-Juste, the Haitian community and friends gathered in the

Guyana

street from the office of the United Nations Development Programme in Georgetown in solidarity

with Haiti. We were Afro-Guyanese, Indo-Guyanese and mixed race; the oldest was in her

70s. Representatives of two political parties, a trade union grouping and an African-Guyanese

cultural organisation joined us. Our banner read ‘International Day in Solidarity with Haiti, UN

Forces out of Haiti’. Placards said ‘Grassroots women in Guyana in solidarity with grassroots

women in Haiti’ and ‘Guyana in solidarity with Site Soley’. They chanted: ‘Stop the massacres/

now’, ‘Stop sexual abuse/ now’, ‘Free political prisoners/ now’. Later we crossed the road in single

file, stopping traffic, and stood directly on the pavement in front of the entrance of the UN office.

As we reached the entrance, participants got more excited and the chanting was even

louder: ‘UN troops/ out of Haiti!’ “

– “On Feb. 7 Red Thread women organized a vibrant, noisy lunch time picket across the

“Why we should always act in solidarity with the poor majority in Haiti”

flyers passed out by the Red Thread women’s organization. The flyer said: “Every time we hear

news about Haiti we hear that it is the poorest country in the Caribbean, a country where there is

always fighting. No one tells us why Haiti is poor and what the fighting is about. Here is the basic

truth:

was the headline on

“The fighting in Haiti is part of a 200-year fight for freedom.

to abolish slavery. They won the first successful slave revolution in history, defeating France,

Britain and Spain. Haiti also gave direct aid to other people fighting for their freedom. For

example, it supplied Bolivar, the liberator of Venezuela and other South American countries, with

ships and supplies to overthrow Spanish rule and helped train some of Bolivar�s soldiers. All Haiti

asked was that Bolivar fight to free the slaves in South America. The 2004 coup against elected

President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was the latest action in the 200-year-old effort by the old and

new colonial powers to defeat Haiti�s struggle to be free.

The Haitian people were the first

“Haiti is poor because it has always been punished for fighting for freedom

when the colonial powers, furious about the Haitian people�s victory over slavery, made them

pay those who had owned and exploited them in order for their new government to get

international recognition. Backed by the US, France forced Haiti to pay 150 million francs in gold

as �reparations� to former plantation and slave owners, as well as for the costs of the war. It is

estimated that French bankers and big business alone owe Haiti at least 21 billion US dollars for

the forced debt it took Haiti 120 years to pay off.

. This started

“The old and new colonial powers have always been determined to defeat the Black

people of Haiti…But the Haitian grassroots have never given up the fight against foreign

powers and the local exploiters and dictators these powers support.

calling for the February 7 protests � Fondasyon Trant Septanm – is an example of their

unbreakable spirit; it is an 11-year old organization of victims of the 1991 and 2004 coups in Haiti

who have chosen the anniversary of the overthrow of one Haitian dictator, �Baby Doc� Duvalier,

to march to demand respect for Haiti�s sovereignty. We picket in solidarity with them.”

The organization

Dublin, Ireland

Solidarity Centre. Demonstrators held up a large photo of a pregnant woman who lost her baby

when she was shot in the stomach by UN bullets during the December 22nd ‘Christmas

massacre’ in Cite Soleil. They said, “

Coming from the working class, our sympathy will always lie with the workers and the poor who

struggle for freedom and equality.”

leaflet: “On the 7th of February 1986 the Haitian people, after years of revolt against the rich and

powerful, toppled one of the most brutal dictatorships that history has recorded, the one led by

the Duvalier family.

but as well, the people were pushing forward a series of popular demands that were meant to

radically change the face of Haiti: this was a truly revolutionary struggle. Today, Haiti is again

under the yoke of oppression – this time under a UN military occupation called MINUSTAH,

headed mostly by subservient Latin American governments, but engineered from the US and

France, the main imperialist powers controlling Haitian affairs.

and coup on President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004.

nature of MINUSTAH: they are an occupation force that protects the sympathizers of the

Duvaliers and other human rights violators. They are the only support for the corrupt Haitian

elite

of Haitians that control over 80% of the wealth of that country. End the UN and all foreign

occupation of Haiti!,” the leaflet said.

– Solidarity picket Feb. 7 at the Brazilian Embassy, initiated by the Latin AmericanWe are sending a clear message: that no one is forgotten.The Irish picketers passed out a Workers Solidarity MovementNot only did they put an end to the US-backed reign of terror of the Duvaliers,[The UN] took over after the kidnapDon’t let us have false illusions on the true….So MINUSTAH have been efficient in fulfilling their role:…to protect the privilege of the 3%

Los Angeles, California

by Global Women’s Strike, Internat’l Action Center, Pan African Activist Coalition, Answer

Coalition, and Coalition in Solidarity with Haiti. The flyer said: “Massacres by the UN occupiers of

Haiti continue. The 8000 UN troops are a proxy force for the US who, with the support of France

and Canada, backed a coup against Haiti�s government in 2004 and kidnapped President

Aristide….[Aristide] had wide popular support among Haiti�s poor who are 90% of the population.

Despite the election of President Preval,

troops and police-controlled death squads routinely assault communities that support the Lavalas

grassroots democracy movement….All foreign occupation forces must leave Haiti now!”

– Emergency picket at noon Feb. 8 at the Brazilian Consulate, initiatedthe UN refuses to end its military occupation, and UN

Boston, Mass.

Fanmi Lavalas (Boston). “End the UN Occupation of Haiti! Free the Political Prisoners! Return

President Aristide!”

– Demonstration Feb. 7 at the Haitian Consulate at Copley Square, sponsored by

Cordoba, Argentina

organizations Feb. 7 to stage a three-hour Speakout on Haiti in Cordoba’s central Plaza, around

the theme: MINUSTAH (UN forces) Out of Haiti! [Argentina is one of the countries supplying

troops to the UN military operation in Haiti.]

– The Haitian Democratic Committee joined with other political and social

Buenos Aires, Argentina

organization of Haitians living in Argentina, issued a statement, “MINUSTAH (UN forces) – Get

Out of Haiti”….On Feb. 8 Haitian community leaders spoke out at the University of the Mothers of

the Plaza de Mayo, calling for international pressure to get the Occupation troops out of

Haiti….On Feb. 9,

district of the capital – demanding immediate withdrawal of Argentine troops from Haiti.

Police were dispatched to protect the UN office, which promptly closed its doors

program Feb. 9 at the Argentine-Cuban Solidarity House featured a forum and film on the crisis in

Haiti….

the world “signal an advance toward formation of an international Solidarity Network with Haiti, in

the diplomatic sphere as well as at the level of social organizations.”….

– On Feb. 4 el Comit� Democr�tico Haitiano en Argentina (CDH), anten activists staged an action in front of a United Nations office in the Recoleta….An eveningA Haitian community spokesman said the many Feb. 7 events in Buenos Aires and around

On Feb. 13 Henry Boisrolin issued a new declaration on behalf of the CDH, stating that

human slaughter occurring mainly in Cite Soleil…has reached a level of such unusually extreme

cruelty that it is strikingly similar to a true plan of extermination….a crime against humanity.” The

declaration denounces as “sub-imperialist” those Latin American governments like Brazil and

Argentina who willingly participate in the slaughter of the poor in Haiti, but “which would like to

pass as popular, democratic and even leftist.

before its people the true reasons for their complicity with the imperialistic policy in Haiti.” The

statement is merciless toward

with “silence…in the face of the massacres and…other violations, perpetrated mostly by members

of MINUSTAH and the [right-wing] death squads that teem in the country and are rarely bothered

by UN soldiers…” The CDH declaration goes on to deplore the UN Security Council’s renewal of

the mandate for MINUSTAH — “thus prolonging the slaughter of the poor, children and innocents,

and justifying their attempt to exterminate the popular camp in Haiti. Nevertheless, they

underestimate the Haitian people. Sooner or later the people will have the last word

sacrifices imposed upon them.” As for the heads and backers of MINUSTAH, with their “racism

and political blindness,” trying to “comprehend a reality that has already gotten outside of their

control, but which they pretend to control only by means of slaughters…– history will be

implacable with them in its final verdict.”

“the…None of those governments dares to exposethose so-called Human Rights organizations who respond, whatever the

Johannesburg, South Africa

statement on behalf of the Socialist Party of Azania, of which he is president. “We

strongest terms the wanton destruction and destabilization that has been brought upon the

people of Haiti, first by the government of the United States, that has become a common

denominator in bringing untold suffering to many peoples of the world… destroying hundreds of

thousands of lives in Iraq, Lebanon, Haiti and … many countries of Africa. In this vein we also

condemn the United Nations that is constantly in complicity with the butchers of US imperialism.

is the UN that provided the desired and necessary cover for the slaughter in Africa in the Great

Lakes Region when they pulled out only weeks before the genocide. They provided cover for US

and its allies in the slaughter of the innocent in Iraq by implicitly supporting a notion of weapons of

mass destruction….Their continued unbridled support for the state of Israel has given it a carte

blanche cheque for wanton destruction in the region. Now they are at it in Haiti.

“The people of Haiti have the right to defend their right to self determination, they have a right to

define democracy in the manner that will suit their aspirations, have a right to defend their elected

leaders against the designs of US imperialism,” the Mabasa statement continued.

democratic right to call for the unconditional cancellation of the so-called Haitian Debt which is the

author of many of their ills and so many unwarranted foreign interventions….The day of action in

solidarity with Haiti in more than 50 cities across continents has our unwavering

support

Revolution

day.

– On Feb. 5 in Johannesburg, Lybon Mabasa issued acondemn in theIt“It is also their.”…..Separately, also in Johannesburg, a screening of the movie Aristide and the Endlessat Witwatersrand University took place Feb. 7 as part of Haiti international solidarity

New York City

“demand an end to the occupation, exile and political imprisonment in Haiti.” Sponsored by a

coalition of Haitian organizations including Lavalas Family Party (NY chapter), Haiti Support

Network and KAKOLA. “President Aristide and his wife Mildred were kidnapped from their home

in Port-au-Prince by US Special Forces on February 29, 2004 and flown into exile in Africa,” the

organizers said in a statement. “Canadian, French and US troops then militarily occupied Haiti

until June 1, 2004 when MINUSTAH [UN forces] took over

realities of the coup d’etat regime are still in place.”.

mourners gathered at Holy Trinity Church in Manhattan in a memorial service for Henri Laforest,

longtime Haiti solidarity activist who was shot and killed in Petionville, Haiti in late January.

Friends believed “the climate of violence induced by the continuing foreign military occupation of

Haiti” may have contributed to his death. His family wanted to include his memorial service as

part of the international solidarity day.

– Demonstration from 2-7 pm Feb. 7 in front of United Nations headquarters, to…[Today] we see the policies and…Separately, on Feb. 10 in Manhattan,

Dominican Republic

Domingo drew 35 people to a Protestant church on Feb. 7. They showed filmed footage of UN

killings in Cite Soleil last year and in 2005. Even though Haiti and the DR share the same island,

there is an information blackout in Santo Domingo about what is happening in Haiti. As a result,

many of the Haitians attending were taken by surprise by the eyewitness testimony and graphic

evidence of the UN massacres.

going on in Haiti,” said an organizer, “and they were glued to the TV watching the

Now

MINUSTAH [UN forces] out of Haiti.” The pastor of the church was so impressed by the

presentation, and shocked by the videos, that he plans to repeat the program on a Sunday for his

entire congregation of 100-150.

A meeting of the Haitian community in the capital city of Santo“The people don’t have much current information about what isDemocracysegments. In the question period afterwards, they had a lot to say about how to get

Guelph/Toronto, Ontario

Joshi-Vijayan Feb. 7 at University of Guelph, in recognition of the International Day in Solidarity

with the Haitian People and Black History Month. Speakers examined Canada’s role and that of

NGOs in the destablilization of the overwhelmingly elected Aristide government, the 2004 coup

and the current foreign occupation of Haiti.

– A special event featuring radio journalist Jean Saint-Vil and Kabir

Tucson, Arizona

Solidarity with the Haitian People with a

Congress where US Senator John McCain has his local office. Sen. McCain is chair of the

International Republican Institute (IRI) “which funded, and in several cases created and trained,

major groups behind the 2004 coup in Haiti,” the organizers said.

deceptively named National Endowment for Democracy, which gets its money from US taxpayers

and acts to destabilize governments that Washington doesn’t like.

– Worker to Worker Solidarity Committee celebrated the International Day inlate afternoon vigil Feb. 7 at the building at 407 W.The IRI is funded by the

Vancouver, British Columbia

7 to the crisis in Haiti and International Haiti Solidarity Day. The program can be listened to online

at

showed up at a downtown event at Simon Fraser University-Harbor Centre featuring various

Canadian-government-funded NGOs — and passed out leaflets exposing the insidious role many

of these NGOs played in destabilizing Haiti, supporting the 2004 coup and backing the current

UN occupation of Haiti.

– Coop Radio (102.7 FM) devoted a full hour on the radio on Feb.www.coopradio.org …. Separately, also in Vancouver, on Feb. 10 Haiti solidarity activists

Washington, D.C.

in Washington DC, hosted by Yves Pont du Jour [every Saturday, 10pm to Midnight

EST], featured the International Day in Solidarity with Haiti on its Feb. 3 broadcast and again on

Feb. 10. The second broadcast focused on the tremendous turnout for the Feb. 7 demonstrations

in Port-au-Prince and other Haitian cities.

– The Konbit Lakay bilingual radio program on WPFW, 89.3 FM Pacifica Radio

Puerto Cabello, Venezuela

and Haitians living in Venezuela, was organizing a meeting in the Caribbean port city of Puerto

Cabello as part of the Feb. 7th mobilization — screening videos documenting the UN’s July 6,

2005 massacre in Cite Soleil, as well as a deadly UN raid in the Simond Pele neighborhood of

Cite Soleil in late August 2006. The organizers demanded the departure from Haiti of all the UN

soldiers, and that the right-wing death squads be put out of business. Reporters from local media

were invited to attend the event.

– The Frente Francisco de Miranda, an organization of Venezuelans

Central Florida

Je had been broadcasting information about the Feb. 7 International Day in Solidarity with Haiti

every Thursday since January 11th (11:00 pm-2:00 am) over the airwaves of Radio Louvri Je

(WOKB, 1600 AM). They write:

demands: “1) All political prisoners must be freed. 2) Political exiles must be free to return to

Haiti; immediate return of President Aristide. 3) All the criminals and authors of the “Koudnaping”

of February 29, 2004 must be rendered before international tribunals for crimes against humanity.

4) All those who lost their jobs unjustly must find justice and restitution. 5) All the sons and

daughters of Haiti come together to relaunch a program of development.”

– The Haitian American Support Group of Central Florida and Radio Louvri“Let us struggle together for the liberation of Haiti” and raise these

Cochabamba, Bolivia

Must Kill the Bandits”

– Screening of the explosive new, 90-minute Kevin Pina film, Haiti: “Wein conjunction with Haiti international solidarity day.

Detroit, Michigan

a meeting on Haiti Feb 7 at 5920 Second Ave, Detroit (just north of Wayne State University). The

audience watched a recent segment of

Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of Pan African News Wire and a leader of MECAWI, gave a detailed

history of Haiti, followed by discussion.

– Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) heldDemocracy Now on UN massacres of Haitian civilians.

Berkeley, California –

body was considering a resolution supporting HR 351, the TRUTH Act, which calls for an

investigation into the US government’s role in the 2004 coup that ousted President Aristide and

sent him into exile. After the speakout, the commission voted to approve the resolution and send

it on to the City Council.

Speakout on Haiti Feb.5 at the city’s Peace & Justice Commission. The

Calgary, Alberta

Haiti’s sovereign right to self-determination, an immediate end to the Canadian/US/UN

occupation of Haiti and cancellation of the so-called Haitian debt.” Protesters displayed “Canada

Out of Haiti” banners to oncoming rush-hour traffic and handed out messages from protest

organizers in Haiti and around the world. Lybon Mabasa’s statement for Haiti on behalf of the

Socialist Party of Azania (South Africa) was read out loud. Following the picket, organizers met to

plan Calgary’s participation in the March 17th international day to end imperialist war and

occupation in Afghanistan, Haiti, Iraq, and Palestine.

– Late afternoon picket Feb. 7 at the Harry Hayes federal building “in support of

Edmonton, Alberta

the Remedy Cafe, near the University.

– Screening of the film Aristide & the Endless Revolution Feb. 12 at

Fredericton, New Brunswick

sponsored by Women in Black and the local Haiti Action and peace coalitions.

– A vigil and informational picket at noon Feb. 9 at City Hall,

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Haiti” Feb. 7 at Dalhousie University….Also, on Feb.16 at NSCAD University, Bell

Auditorium, screening of

chronicling the US-backed overthrow of President Aristide on Feb. 29, 2004. Also:

Not Kill: The UN’s Pacification of Cite Soleil

Macdonald, documenting UN atrocities.

902-405-9480, or email

— A forum: “Democracy Denied: The UN and Canada’s ‘Pacification’ ofAristide’s Haiti, Gemini-nominated documentary by Nadia Pequeneza,Our Arms Do, a short film by independent journalist Isabelle[For information on these films, call Haiti Action Halifax 1-stu.neatby@gmail.com ]

Jacksonville, Florida

UN killings in Cite Soleil over a 13-month period.

— Northern Florida Haitian community meeting showed video footage of

Lima, Peru

the UN military operation in Haiti. “Peruvian troops must leave Haiti now!”

– Speakout and leafleting on Feb. 7th. Peru is one of the countries supplying troops to

London, England

Women’s Centre on Kentish Town Road, London. Sponsored by Global Women’s Strike and

Women of Colour in the Global Women’s Strike. The film, about the rise of the Lavalas

movement leading up to the December 1990 elections that swept Jean-Bertrand Aristide into the

presidency — and the 1991-94 coup that followed — is a primer for understanding the roots of the

current crisis in Haiti.

– Showing of the Kevin Pina film, Harvest of Hope Feb. 7 at the Crossroads

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

showing at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. On Feb. 7 Haiti solidarity activists met at the

university to table and ask people to call their Congressional representatives to support HR 888

(Haiti Debt Relief Act) and HR 351 (the TRUTH Act, calling for investigation of the US role in the

2004 coup in Haiti)….

Whitefish Bay Public Library about his refusal to support the two bills, and also about his various

anti-Haiti remarks. Activists confronted him both outside, and inside during the meeting

Feb. 10, Brian Averill and Erika Wolf gave a presentation on their recent visit to Haiti, highlighting

the UN’s role in Haiti, at a meeting of the United Nations Ass’n of Milwaukee.

– The week’s Haiti support activities began Feb. 5 with a Haiti filmOn Feb.10 they confronted House Rep. James Sensenbrenner at the….Also on

Atlanta, Georgia

with the International Day in Solidarity with Haiti.

– Screening of the film Aristide and the Endless Revolution, in conjunction

Minneapolis/St. Paul

braved sub-zero temperatures on the “peace” bridge that spans the Mississippi River and

connects the Twin Cities. They carried signs saying “Stop the war on Haiti,” “UN/US out of Haiti”

and “Stop the Occupation of Iraq and Haiti.”

Democracy to Our Neighborhood.” Passing cars honked in support. “We beat a hand drum and

displayed, along with our banner, our sequined Voudon flag which depicts the spirit of

Agriculture,” said one participant.

– On Feb. 7 hardy souls from the Minnesota Haiti Justice CommitteeTheir 10-ft long red and blue banner said “Restore

Ottawa, Canada

Canadian media publicly joining the call for an end to the violence and an end to the foreign

occupation of Haiti.

– On Feb. 7 the Ottawa Haiti Solidarity Committee issued a press release to

Philadelphia

Catholic Worker. Atty. Tom Griffin, author of a groundbreaking report documenting police and UN

atrocities since the 2004 coup, gave a report on his recent investigative trip to Haiti.

– Midday vigil in the freezing cold Feb. 7 at City Hall, initiated by House of Grace

Guadeloupe –

Caribbean island. Leaders of the UGTG labor federation spoke from the podium. The rally was in

support of the communique:

Feb. 5 by the worker/peasant organization Travaye e Peyizan. The communique says, in part:

“Considering that foreign occupation of Haiti has occurred many times since independence in

1804…

desire to put an end to violence..while on the contrary, we are witnessing a deterioration in the

economic and social situation and an increase in repression, including the assaults and

massacres of December 22, 2006 and July 6, 2005….We estimate that those responsible for the

misery and violence in Haiti, are none other than the ones who pillaged the riches of Haiti and

continue to do so (France, the USA)….Therefore we demand: 1. Restitution by France of the

sums extorted from the Haitian people after Haiti’s independence in 1804. 2. Withdrawal of all

occupation forces from Haiti. 3. Respect for the national sovereignty of the Haitian people.”

A protest action and rally Feb. 7 in the capital city of Pointe a Pitre on thisSolidarity with the Haitian People! Foreign troops out of Haiti!, issuedAnd considering that the present [UN] occupiers try to justify their presence by claiming a

Martinique –

with the Haitian people from the podium of the 5th Congress of the FSU trade union federation.

This was followed up by a statement of solidarity with the Haitian people issued Feb. 7 in the

capital city of Fort de France in Martinique.

In the last part of January, teachers union leader Jacqueline Petitot urged solidarity

Trinidad

Haitian people, and showed the film,

capital city.

— On Feb 7, the African Caribbean Network issued a statement in solidarity with theAristide and the Endless Revolution in Port of Spain, the

Richmond, California –

forum at the Richmond City Council meeting.

Speakout on Haiti, sponsored by Richmond Greens, Feb. 6 in the public

Sacramento, California –

Solidarity Day.” Film showing and first-hand report on human rights abuses in Haiti by Leisa

Faulkner, president of the Coalition for Democracy in Haiti and executive director of Children’s

Hope. Hinde Auditorium, Sacramento State University.

Event Feb. 2 “in honor of Black History Month and International Haiti

San Diego, California

Haiti during the Duvalier era, and presentation on the current situation in Haiti by Gloria

Verdieu, at the International Action Center in San Diego. “End the UN Occupation of Haiti! Return

President Aristide and Democracy to Haiti!”

– Showing Feb. 9 of the powerful film Bitter Cane, shot clandestinely in

San Jose, California –

Plaza, as people passing by on foot and in cars signaled their support. Among the signs were

“US military kidnapped Aristide”, “Stop UN ‘peacekeeper’ massacres”, “Free Rene Civil and all

political prisoners” and “End foreign occupation of Haiti.”

Speakout and leafleting at 5 pm Feb. 7 at south end of Cesar Chavez

Enterprise, Oregon

– Showing of the film Aristide & the Endless Revolution Feb. 7 at Stage One.

San Rafael, California –

Rafael, initiated by Marin Interfaith Task Force. Signs urged an end to the repression by UN

troops, and called for the UN occupation to end.

countries that were also in solidarity with the Haitian people until the ink ran on the page and we

could no longer read the words. Knowing that we were part of a massive effort made the cold and

rain easier to take, and we were proud to be part of the action.”

Late afternoon vigil Feb. 7 in the pouring rain in downtown San“We read out loud about the other cities and

Santiago, Chile

of a street mural about the suffering and struggle of the Haitian people. Chile is one of the

countries supplying troops to the UN military operation in Haiti.”Chilean troops out of Haiti now!”

– Protest activities in conjunction with the International Day included the painting

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Stuart Neatby Feb. 8, at Cape Breton University.

– “From Occupied Haiti,” a photo exhibit and talk by investigative journalist

Tampa, Florida

South Florida, Tampa, and engaging them in discussions about the situation in Haiti and the

demands of the International Day in Solidarity with Haiti.

– Passing out leaflets on Feb. 6 to students on the campus of the University of

Windsor, Ontario

the context of Haiti’s rebellious history and many victories against colonial, neo-colonial and

imperialist powers. Speakers highlighted the Haitian people’s struggle against their own elite and

their international backers. People were urged to fully oppose the crimes being committed today

in the name of “stability and democracy.” A University of Windsor professor condemned Canada’s

government for “participating in a repeat of past colonial crimes in Haiti.”

– A public forum Feb. 8 put the current struggle against foreign intervention in

Columbia, Maryland

– Screening of the Nicolas Rossier film Aristide and the Endless Revolution

Feb. 10 at the Central Library in Columbia. The film won the Best Documentary award at the

2006 Pan African Film Festival.

 

Houston, Texas

statement Feb. 5 in support of the International Day in Solidarity with Haiti: “February 7, 2007 will

be the 21st anniversary of the fall of the Duvalier regime. On that date, mobilizations will take

place in over 30 cities around the world, reponding to a call put out by Fondasyon 30 Septanm

and many other grassroots organizations in Haiti. These coordinated international protests

demand an end to the brutal United Nations occupation of Haiti, freedom for hundreds of political

prisoners arrested during the 2004-06 coup, and the return of former President Jean-Bertrand

Aristide, who remains in exile in South Africa….The Pacifica National Board reaffirms our

commitment to the goals of justice, democracy and sovereignty in Haiti. We give our full support

to the February 7th International Day of Solidarity with the people of Haiti.” The network has FM

radio stations in Houston, Washington DC, New York, Berkeley (reaching wide areas in northern

and central California) and Los Angeles.

– The national board of the Pacifica radio network, meeting in Houston, issued a

For photos of the actions in Guyana, Durban (South Africa) and

Ireland, go to:

http://www.haitisolidarity.net

This is a critical moment for Haiti. Repression is intensifying, but the people’s resistance

continues strong. Our practical solidarity can play a key part in this life-or-death

struggle.

 

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Click this link for key documents of the International Haiti Solidarity Day:

 

http://www.haitisolidarity.net/article.php?list=type&type=34

 

1. Sept 30th Foundation Declaration: “No to Occupation – No to

Trusteeship” – in Kreyol; soon in English.

2. Article: “The Coup d’Etat Continues” – in French; soon in English.

 

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A Call to Action � Join the International Day in Solidarity with the People of

Haiti!

 

Coordinated International Protests

on February 7, 2007

 

*** End the Foreign Military Occupation of Haiti!

*** Stop the War against the People of Haiti!

*** Respect Haiti’s Sovereignty!

 

Dear Activists for Haiti,

The United Nations forces in Haiti (MINUSTAH) � backed to the hilt by the US, France and

Canada � are continuing their bloody assault on the poor majority, targeting especially leaders

and supporters of the Lavalas grassroots democracy movement.

On December 22, 2006, some 400 UN troops conducted another day-long raid in Bois Neuf, Cite

Soleil � an operation on the scale of the July 6, 2005 UN massacre in the same neighborhood �

with many civilian residents dead and wounded. Since the “Christmas massacre,” UN forces have

repeatedly raided Cite Soleil shooting off their weapons.

In response, Fondasyon Trant Septanm, an 11-year-old organization of victims of the 1991 and

2004 coups d’etat in Haiti, has issued

on February 7, 2007.

in 1986. Haiti will be demonstrating on that day

a call for renewed protests in many cities of the worldThis is the anniversary of the overthrow of the dictator “Baby Doc” Duvalier� so should we!

The February 7th call is supported by representatives of these grassroots organizations in Haiti:

+

Comite de Defense des Droits du Peuple Haitien

Haitian People)

(Committee in Defense of the Rights of the+ Confederation des Travailleurs Haitiens (Confederation of Haitian Workers) +

Femmes Victimes Debout

Prisonniers Politiques

Nationale des Organisations de Droits Humains

Organizations).

The February 7th International Day is part of a campaign against the US/UN Occupation by the

popular movement in Haiti, leading up to February 15th when the UN Security Council is due to

renew its Haiti mandate.

We need to act now in solidarity with our Haitian sisters and brothers, whose unbreakable spirit,

in the face of severe repression, won�t stop.

(Women Victims Stand Up) + Collectif des Parents et Amis des(Collective of Relatives and Friends of Political Prisoners) + Coordination(National Coordination of Human Rights

Building on the international demonstrations for Haiti in 2005 –

troops in Cite Soleil sparked an international campaign, culminating in a day of solidarity actions

in 15 cities and five countries on July 21, 2005. The campaign succeeded in breaking through the

media blockade, exposing the massacre.

The July 6th massacre by UN

This was followed by the first International Day in Solidarity with Haiti on September 30,

2005, when coordinated actions in 47 cities in 17 countries on 4 continents condemned the

bloody US/UN occupation and demanded that Haiti’s sovereignty and democracy be

respected.

 

Today, violent repression continues against grassroots activists and communities

forces and paramilitary death squads [like the Little Machete Army] created by the Haitian

National Police. We’re talking not only about killings, but sexual abuse, beatings, house burnings,

arbitrary arrests, and the prolonged, illegal detention of people without any charges. UN forces

have been repeatedly implicated in these activities.

� by UN

Our call is for each city to organize its own Haiti solidarity activity on or

around Wednesday, February 7, 2007

mobilization.

disobedience

to be coordinated as a single worldwideIt could be a march, rally, public meeting, vigil, house meeting or civil� whatever you are able to do � in support of the following demands:

End the brutal US/UN Occupation � Respect Haiti�s sovereignty

paramilitaries under police control

Stop the killings, sexual abuse and massacres of the poor by UN troops, police and

Free the political prisoners � No more illegal arrests & detentions

President Aristide must be free to return to Haiti � Respect the Haitian Constitution

of President Aristide

Launch an independent inquiry into the February 29, 2004 coup and forced removal

Perpetrators of the coup and massacres of the poor must be brought to justice �

Reparations for the victims

 

For the February 7, 2007 International Day of Solidarity with the People of Haiti,

 

Lavarice Gaudin, Veye Yo + Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, Fondasyon Trant Septanm

Margaret Prescod, Global Women’s Strike + Dave Welsh, US Labor/Human Rights Delegation

to Haiti

Contact the Feb. 7th Organizing Committee at 510-847-8657

sub@sonic.net

Contact IJDH

Institute for Justice & Democracy In Haiti
15 Newbury St
Boston, MA

Telephone: (617) 652-0876
General Inquiries: info@ijdh.org
Media Inquiries: media@ijdh.org