Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

December 16: Day of Action and Solidarity with the People of Haiti

For the last few months, Haitians have been demonstrating nearly every single day, demanding that their votes be counted and that the fraudulent elections of August 9th and October 25th be annulled.  They have been shot down, tear gassed, beaten with rubber hoses, and some have been killed. Yet they have come back the next day, determined to have their voices heard, denouncing what they call an “electoral coup.”

Even though independent observers have documented the widespread fraud that has given the lead position in the presidential election to the party of Haitian President Michel Martelly, the United States government has endorsed the elections: a run-off is scheduled for December 27th, 2015.

Fanmi Lavalas, long the most popular political party in Haiti, and its presidential candidate, Dr. Maryse Narcisse, have demanded a full-scale independent investigation of the election. They have initiated a legal challenge both within Haiti and at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Still, the State Department and the United Nations occupying force (MINUSTAH) continues to push the electoral coup forward, showing that, to them, Haitian votes DO NOT MATTER.

On December 16th, the 25th anniversary of Haiti’s first free presidential election that brought President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the Lavalas movement to power, large-scale demonstrations will take place again throughout Haiti.

We are echoing their demands with A Day of Action and Solidarity With the People of Haiti.  You can help:

Contact the following U.S. officials:
For the White House: 202-456-1111, @POTUS; For the Secretary of State: @JohnKerry; For Kenneth Merten, Haiti Special Coordinator: 202-647-9510HaitiSpecialCoordinator@state.gov; For Members of Congress: 202-224-3121

Tell them:
* STOP SUPPORT FOR FRAUDULENT ELECTIONS IN HAITI.  GIVEN THE DEMONSTRABLE FRAUD IN BOTH THE AUGUST 9TH AND OCTOBER 25TH ELECTIONS, IT WOULD BE CRIMINAL TO PROCEED WITH THE DECEMBER 27TH PRESIDENTIAL RUN-OFF.

*STOP SUPPORT FOR POLICE TERROR IN HAITI.  PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATORS HAVE BEEN SHOT, ATTACKED AND BRUTALIZED WEEK AFTER WEEK BY U.S.-FINANCED POLICE AND PARAMILITARY FORCES.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.  HAITIAN LIVES MATTER.
For more information:
Elections 2015: The Fight for Voting Rights and Sovereignty in Haiti http://www.haitisolidarity.net/article.php?id=640
Defiant Haiti: We Won’t Let You Steal These Elections
http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/11/24/defiant-haiti-we-wont-let-you-steal-these-elections/
Sent by Haiti Action Committee
www.haitisolidarity.net and on FACEBOOK
@HaitiAction1

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