Statement from Haiti’s Popular Movement

January 24, 2016

2016-01-22t230355z_1886256732_gf20000103922_rtrmadp_3_haiti-election-protest.jpg_2090796243In this statement, written right before the postponement of the January 24th presidential “run-off” election, 68 grassroots organizations in Haiti issue an urgent call for solidarity with their struggle for free and fair elections, dignity and justice. The statement was written as tens of thousands of Haitians have taken to the streets—braving assassination, tear gas, beatings, and police torture—demanding the annulment of the fraudulent elections that gave the lead positions in the legislative and presidential races to the hand-picked candidates of President Michel Martelly. The postponement of the presidential election was a dramatic and hard-won victory for the people’s movement, which had insisted that no election take place until it could be free and fair and democratic. The struggle for the right to vote and for all Haitians to participate in the political process continues.

We are honored to circulate this powerful message

Haiti Action Committee www.haitisolidarity.net, on Facebook, @HaitiAction1

A Call for Solidarity from Haiti’s Popular Movement

Reflecting on the voting rights struggle led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and so many other courageous fighters for justice fifty years ago in the US; on the one person one vote struggle led by Mandela’s comrades in South Africa; reflecting on struggles everywhere, we came to the conclusion that a people can’t be sovereign if they don’t have the right to vote. No people can retain their dignity if their vote does not count. As clearly stated by President Aristide: “If we don’t protect our dignity, our dignity will escape us!” That is why we struggle and ask that people the world over with a history of struggle stand in solidarity with us.

Six years after the earthquake that jolted the country, causing the death of hundreds of thousands of Haitians, we, Haitian organizations, in the context of reflection, take our hats off and humbly say to the people all over the planet who opened their hearts to us, “We have not forgotten your acts of solidarity”. The sharing impulse manifested by people the world over, should have helped the Haitian people to rebuild their environment, rebuild their lives. Pity! To this day, the people’s lot has not changed. Adding insult to injury, shameless characters, local slave owners, empowered by various international organizations, hijacked the reconstruction funds.

Right after the earthquake, the internationals took advantage of our momentary state of helplessness to occupy the political space. Today, the Haitian people are engaged in an all out struggle to reclaim that space and to exercise their right to vote. The very ones who hijacked the reconstruction money want to prevent the people from choosing their government, in a wide scale conspiracy to continue the looting of the country’s resources. Subsequent to many schemes designed to remove the people from the political equation, local colonialists joined forces with international colonialists to force the people to accept choices against their best interests. Illegitimate officials implemented urban removal plans and land grabs, assaulting both the middle-class, as well as the poorer classes, putting the country on the brink of collapse. The people’s resistance slowed down the “terror apparatus,” preventing it from completing this program. Now they want to put more false officials at the helm of the government to continue their assault.

The blatant violence perpetrated in Ile-a-Vache, the hideous massacres perpetrated on the people of Arcahaie, the continuous massacre of the people of Cité Soleil because they manifest a will to vote, various acts of aggression perpetrated throughout the country, in the context of land-grab or voter suppression, convince the Haitian people that they are in a fight for their very existence. We say NO, WE WILL NOT OBEY ILLEGITIMATE OFFICIALS. Self-defense is a legitimate universal law. Civil-Disobedience is an accepted universal right when a people confronts an illegal regime. The right to elect a government is universally accepted as a way for people to protect its existence. Today, confronted by the danger presented by local and international colonialists, the Haitian people have started a RESISTANCE FOR EXISTENCE movement. They ask for people to people solidarity from everywhere on the planet. The local and international colonialists plan is not an earthquake, yet it has caused far more damage to the country.

Our experience of the six years since the earthquake is no different than the experience of other small countries with natural and human resources. The internationals loot, have an orgy, while the international media turns a blind eye to lies spread by “their” ambassadors in their country’s name. The Haitian army, now being rebuilt to oppress the people, is a gift to the Haitian people by the Organization of American States (OAS). The Cholera epidemic and the blood thirsty and corrupt Haitian Police, were United Nations (UN) gifts to the Haitian people. The Media is mute, as the country nears total collapse. We say NO, WE WILL NOT OBEY. We will not dig our own graves. We’d rather tell the truth and expose the conspiracy.

List of Signers

Action Nationale des Chauffeurs (ANC)

Aide Humanitaire

Alternative Syndicale pour le

Transport Moderne (ASTM)

APMS: Action des Paysans de Masson Sion

APTN: Association pour le

Développement Terre Noire

Association Professionelle des

Enseignants Haitiens pour l’Avancement

de l’Education (APEAE)

APSAB: Association Planteur Savane Dubois

Asosiyasyon Fanm Senlwidisid (AFS)

Asosiyasyon Fanm Vanyan Okay (AFVO)

Asosiyasyon Machann Aken (AMA)

Asosiyasyon Peyizan Gwomaren (APG)

BPN (Baz Popile Nord)

Baz Fanmi Lavalas Aken

Baz Fanmi Lavalas Anike

CEGBD

CHANJE LESON

CURO: Comité Usager Rodaille

COSCOB

CRCSPFL (Cellule de Reflexions des Cadres

Socio Professionnels de Fanmi Lavalas)

CUREH (Cercle Universitaire pour

le Renouveau d’Haiti)

DEMELE FANM

G.R. (Gwoup Refleksyon)

FAJEP (Fanm an Aksyon

pou Jistis ak Pwogre)

FANM LENTO

FANM WOZO

FASA

Groupe Alternative pour Petites et

Moyennes Entreprises (GRAPME)

Gwoupman Plante Senlwidisid (GPS)

JOFAP

Baz Fanmi Lavalas Kanperen

Baz Fanmi Lavalas Kavayon

Kodinasyon Peyizan Sid (KPS)

KPDS (Konbit Planteur pou Devlopman Sanyago)

KORE MAP KORE W

Le PHARE

Baz Fanmi Lavalas Maniche

MOFUP

MOJIDMA: Mouvement des Jeunes Intègres

pour le Développement de Marigot

Mouvement d’Opposition Citoyenne (MOC)

Mouvman Tet Kole Kavayon (MTKK)

OBMP

Oganizasyon Devlopman Solon (ODS)

Oganizasyon Fanm Vanyan (OFAV)

OGANIZASYON LEVE KANPE

OJFS

Baz Fanmi Lavalas Okay

Organisation 30 Septembre

OPG: Organisation Paysan de Grande Rivière

Organisation Sans Bloff (OSB)

OPDPS: Òganizasyon Pou

Devlopman Peyizan Sarazin

OPPB: Organisation Paysan Platon Blan

Plateforme Nationale des Syndicats

de Transports Fidele (PNSTF)

POGRES (Oganizasyon Planteur

pou Devlopman Sanyago)

Baz Fanmi Lavalas Port Salut

Pou Solèy Leve

Regroupement des Enseignants

Normalien Haitien (RENOH)

RFDP (Rasanbleman Fanm pou

Devlopman Petitans)

Rasanbleman Militan Pwogresis (RMP)

RASSINE (Rasanbleman Sitwayen

NORD AK NORD EST)

SDDC (Societe d’Encadrement pour le

Developpement Communautaire)

Baz Fanmi Lavalas Senlwidisid

Solidarite Jenn Kavayon (SJK)

SOPU- FANM pou FANM

S.O.S Transport Federee

Baz Fanmi Lavalas Tibiron

Baz Fanmi Lavalas Torbec

Union du Mouvement Syndical de

Transport Public (UMSTP)

UJDSB:Union des Jeunes pour le

Developpement Savane du Bois.

http://www.haitisolidarity.net/downloads/Statement%20from%20Haitian%20popular%20movement.pdf

 

Source: Haiti Action Committee