Join Haiti Action Committee to mark the 12th anniversary of the February 29, 2004 U.S.-backed coup d’état that overthrew the progressive, democratically-elected Lavalas government headed by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Meanwhile, check out this August 2003 publication, Hidden from the Headlines: The U.S. War Against Haiti which exposed how – leading up to the coup, after the 2000 election of President Aristide – the United States undertook to sabotage Haiti’s fledgling democracy through an economic aid embargo, massive funding of elite opposition groups, and support for paramilitary coup attempts. Hidden from the Headlines exposed the highly organized U.S. propaganda offensive against the Aristide government aimed at progressive activists who might otherwise have defended Haiti’s democratically elected government committed to social change.
These events inform the current critical moment as Haitians demonstrate in the streets nearly every day demanding free and fair elections, facing tear gas and live ammunition. The power of this movement has forced postponement of a fraudulent presidential “run-off” scheduled for January 24th. The response from the Obama Administration? Condemn the protestors .
The term of “Haiti-is-Open-for-Business” President Michel Martelly ends Sunday, February 7. The popular movement demands that he leave office. The US, OAS, and Martelly are maneuvering to keep him, or his surrogates, in office.
This is a critical moment to stand with Haiti, to denounce U.S. attacks on Haiti’s sovereignty and dignity, and to defend Haiti’s popular movement – one of the world’s most important struggles for human rights.
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Sunday, February 28, 2016