They Will Kill Me. I am in Hiding.
I can no longer go home"
Report from the streets
of Haiti| Ezili Danto Witness
“They will kill me…I am in hiding. I can no longer go home”
Mayday, Mayday! -
Report from Jean from the streets of Haiti by Jean for the Ezili Danto
Witness Project, translated from the Kreyol audio recording by Frantz
May 31, 2005
Jean: Greetings to all honest and upstanding Haitians living
in the Diaspora
who accept the fact that they are black, as well as the non-Haitians
black, let’s unite to rescue Haitian blacks currently facing a
We ask all honest and upstanding whites wishing positive changes in
join us. I remember on International Press Day Augustin (…inaudible)
that the freedom of journalists to practice their profession be respected
that they not be threatened in any way. I, while acting to fulfill the
functions of my profession, since 10 o’clock this morning, using
have been monitoring the situation on National Route #1, where there
immeasurable levels of tension and at times panic.
Popular organizations were demonstrating to demand the end of the ruthless
and lawless Latortue defacto government. I was there when the national
along with MINUSTHA troops started shooting in all directions. Still
moped, I was moving around to find out what was happening. I witnessed
young man riding his bicycle on national route 1; this student at the
National Pilot Center was hit by a bullet in the head and died.
I took some shots of the body and sample the surrounding sounds and
towards Drouillard cemetery. When I reached a gas station in the area,
about five police cars stationed at a barricade. They stopped me and
to move the burning tires, with my bare hands. I informed them that
I was a
journalist and could not fulfill their request. They retorted that time
tell whether or not I would comply. An original inspector who used to
attached to the national route 1 precinct in Site Solèy allowed
me to go and
not face certain death, since threats were coming from many police officers.
I escaped and went on my way. I do not know whether or not one of them
ahead and asked that I be intercepted. Still, as I reached the corner
Drouillard I stopped to call a journalist from Le Matin, his name is
Police officers grabbed the phone from me and asked why I was talking
journalist. Evens informed them that I was a journalist as well. They
to find out from Evens what we were discussing. I was shaken up when
told me that had it been a bit later they would have taken me away.
would they have taken me? When I asked them where they would have taken
they told me I would find out soon enough. Once in the car I would have
out the destination. They seized my camera. Fortunately, I had the presence
of mind earlier to take the cassette out ….
When they noticed that the camera was empty, the officers got very excited,
they started to pressure me and shout horrific threats. Many guns, big
calibers like M-14, M-16, were put at the ready and directed at me.
I was by
myself in the middle. They were about to lay me on the ground but instead
me in a pickup, placing the moped on top of me.
Thank God for the fact that there are a few good ones among the bad
officers. One of the police officers said “no, he is a journalist;
he is not
involved.” One asked me why I had two phones. I replied that in
my line of
duty, he could not ask me such questions. He then promised that sooner
later he would get me.
Therefore, my rights as a journalist are threatened. They are threatened
because I tell the truth. In Haiti, they don’t want people to
tell the truth.
Nonetheless, I know that no menace can stop me from telling the truth.
when I find myself in my grave will I stop from telling the truth. As
I can breath, I will tell the truth. So I ask all honest and upstanding
Haitians to also tell the truth, the way things are.
Today, I am threatened in Haiti and I am in hiding. Indeed, ever since
3rd, the police had an alert on me, and I was stopped by the Brazilian
soldiers. Could it be they are lusting for blood? I could not tell but
…(inaudible). I told them: “ I can not believe that your
consistent with the freedom of the press you were talking about. Does
of the press mean that a journalist can be threatened? What is the purpose
your actions?” I was hurt and realized that I was in grave danger.
believe in God and the bible. I say to all honest and upstanding people
aboard that Haiti is climbing a ladder backward. Why are they persecuting
Is it because every time they are spilling innocent blood in popular
neighborhoods the police can see me reporting? Is it because in popular
neighborhoods, like yesterday in (….) where (….) Mitil died.
I don’t know
whether that’s the reason. Clodi, Lik, Janpiè who is a
student from Tètilien
Gilbo who caught a bullet in his foot while he was calmly sitting. I
know if it’s because they spilled blood in Rue St Martin where
name Maristil received a bullet in the head on her way to Kwabosal to
replenish her stock of cookies. I don’t know if it is because
committing this act the police saw me on the spot, shooting images of
I don’t know if that’s the reason why I am threatened today
Port-au-Prince, capital of Haiti. I promise all upstanding Haitians
to see positive changes that I, as a journalist, though facing threats,
have to go into hiding but I will always seek the truth. I will always
continue my work, unless they kill me. They (the police) promised that
first opportunity they will kill me…
Ezili: Jean …Jean, this is Ezili Danto, Marguerite,
I needed to ask you, did
they take the camera? Did they give it back?
Jean: At first they took the camera and wanted to confiscate
it, but later
after I demanded that they gave me my camera, they gave it back to me.
they were very upset that they could not find the cassette of the dead
They are the ones who shot him and they did not want the press to know
Ezili: OK. How do you feel now? Do you feel that you can go home now
you feel that it is not safe?
Jean: I do not think it is safe for me to go home right
now. I am currently
hiding at a friend’s house.
Ezili: Did you take the picture or the name of the
police officers who
Jean: I don’t have the police officers’
name, but I have images of the dying
man. This is what they want since they are the ones who shot the man.
images of the last tremors of life leaving his body on video. I also
images where they are shooting. I got the whole thing on video. That
they are after me. They wanted to get the cassette from me.
Ezili: Jean, what would you like to say to the international
now, as part of this report that you are giving?
Jean: I want to tell the international community, especially
Nations that claims to be promoting stability in Haiti, let’s
make it clear
to the international community in its entirety that the United Nations
solving any problem in Haiti. The only thing that the United Nations
succeeded at is the promotion of bloodbaths. They have facilitated the
spilling of blood in popular neighborhoods. That is why I am asking
in the international community who say that they want Haiti to change,
Abdias Jean [another Haitian reporter ] died and I know that I, as well
die. I will tell the international community that I may die but will
telling the truth. I will die because everywhere the police is involved
dishonest acts, I am also there, and that is why I will die.
I am asking the international community to stand in solidarity with
because my life is in danger. The defacto regime threatened me, they
trying to intimidate me. As I am talking to you, I am in hiding, asking
people aboard to help me face this most imminent danger. I am in hiding,
can no longer go home.
Ezili: Jean, stay safe. This very moment we are going
to call the UN and
other members of the international community and relay this report.
Jean: OK, I’ll be here!
(END OF REPORT)
June 7, 2005
Ezili Danto’s Note:
We shall soon have a link up on our website to the Kreyol audio recording
this report. The breathing, living, blood of anxiety and grief in the
from Haiti we talk to almost everyday is something that only those of
experience it can know. Surely no human being should be so traumatized
relentlessly, so unmercifully. But the Haitian poor are being crucified
Haiti by the proxies of the world's greatest and richest powers.
Why are the world’s decent peoples so paralyzed? Please help us
journalist and human rights organizations worldwide to assist the journalists
in Haiti facing death for telling the truth about this
U.S./Canada/France-sanctioned slaughter, anarchy and chaos unleashed
Haiti’s already impoverished masses.
DO SOMETHING. What Jean doesn’t say in this report because
he didn’t want to
alarm his family was that he was beaten by the police - slapped and
onto the grown, in addition to having his moped dumped on his head.
this reporting Jean has been in hiding. The Haitian Coup D’etat
want to stop Jean’s reports and have been to his house, his parents
detained his sister. Please call, fax, e-mail immediately. Help us save
Jean’s life, protect his family and preserve his liberty to practice
trade as a journalist. Help HLLN stop the slaughter in Haiti, the killing
journalist and other innocent civilians. (See other Jean reports at:
Tell MINUSTHA, the Bush Administration, France and Canada that Jean
is not a
“bandit,” the 30 civilians just murdered in blood in Bel
Air and Site Soley
on June 4th and 5th by the Haitian reconfigured “police”
with Jordanian and
Chinese “support” are human beings with the inalienable
right to life,
liberty and justice. Their lost, our Haitian lost and sufferings cannot
simply be ignored because of the color of our skin and empty pocketbooks.
only road to law, peace and justice in Haiti is the return of the
Constitutional government. The U.S. Special forces kidnapping of President
Aristide has unleashed a rash of kidnappings since the Coup D’etat
before in all of Haiti’s history. Our collective voices against
crimes-against-humanity must mean something.
Please call, e-mail and fax letters the officials listed below and your
local and national media.
UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)
Address MINUSTHA letters individually to:
Mr. Juan Gabriel Valdes, Kofi Annan's Special UN Envoy to Haiti
Lt. General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira, UN Military Commander
Mahamane Cisse-Guoro , UN Human Rights Office in Haiti
THE UNITED NATIONS:
Fax No. (212) 963-4879
Hon. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General
United Nations Headquarters
First Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017
Fax No. (212) 963-4879
U.S. Ambassador to Haiti: James B. Foley
Fax: U.S. Embassy, Port-au-Prince - 011-509-223-9038 or
Phone: U.S. Embassy, Port-au-Prince - 011-509-223-4711 or 222-0200 or
State Department Haiti Desk, Washington
Anthony Beaver/John Mariz, State Department Haiti Desk - 202- 647-5088
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Roger Noriega Assistant Secretary of State
Western Hemisphere Affairs;
BanksD@state.gov (Dana Banks, Human Rights Officer, U.S. Embassy,
Canadian Ambassador to Haiti, Claude Boucher
Embassy of Canada
Telephone: (509) 249-9000
Fax: (509) 249-9920
Ambassador of France in Haiti, M. Yves GAUDEUL
Embassy of France
51 place des HÃ©ros de l'IndÃ©pendance - BP
Telephone: (509) 222-0952
Fax : (509) 223 5675
SEND COPIES TO AS MANY OF THESE PEOPLE AS YOU CAN including your
congressperson, local and national media (Visit contact for local &
media) or the U.S. congress.
M. Bernard Gousse
Minister of Justice and Public Safety
9 Ave. Charles Sumner
c/o Embassy of the Republic of Haiti - Washington, DC
Fax 202 745-7215
African Union Headquarters
P.O. Box 3243
Tel: (251) 1 51 77 00
Fax (251) 1 51 78 44
email for President Alpha Oumar Konare: KonareAO@africa-union.org
With Copies to: email@example.com (Toussaint Kongo-Doudou, Chief of
Communications, United Nations Support Mission To Haiti)
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