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HLLN report on the Soccer Match massacre on Aug. 20 and 21, 2005

Interview recorded August 25, 2005

Ezili Danto Witness Project

“Daddy, its goats or pigs that I have seen cut up before. How come they are cutting up people now?"
(Horrified exclamation of a traumatized young Haitian boy watching the Grand Ravine Massacre on Sunday, August 21, 2005)

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See also: Radio Commentary on the Soccer Match Massacre and UN complicity in the killings. Organized foreign-sponsored kidnapping phenomemon replaced by organized MINUSTHA-led police hacking poor Haitian women and men Rwanda-style with with imported machetes. See: An Important Businessman was Arrested in Relation to Kidnapping cases reported in Port-au-Prince
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SOCCER GAME MASSACRE | Ezili Danto Witness Project, August 25, 2005
Below is an excerpt from an Ezili Danto Witness Project report, direct from our HLLN Investigator in Haiti about the Aug. 20 and Aug. 21st slaughter of Haitian youths attending a soccer game. This interview was recorded August 25, 2005 and translated from Kreyol into English by Frantz Jerome for the Ezili Danto Witness Project.
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“Daddy, its goats or pigs that I have seen cut up before. How come they are cutting up people now?"
(Horrified exclamation of a traumatized young Haitian boy watching the Grand Ravine Massacre on Sunday, August 21, 2005)
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Ezili Danto: ...What happened in Grand Ravine, on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21. I understand that it was in the realm of a soccer game?HLLN Haitian Investigator: It is the Summer Camp for Peace program, organized by USAID, OIM and the Haitian Secretary of State for Youth and Sports, especially for the youth of various “hot- neighborhoods” around the city.

Ezili Danto: So, the activity name is “Summer Camp for Peace?”

HLLN Haitian Investigator: Summer Camp for Peace!
Ezili Danto: O.I.M.? You said OIM… Do you know what OIM stands for?HLLN Haitian Investigator: Eh… It escapes me right now. I will have to look it up. It is the same organization set up to offer political asylum in the context of the first coup against President Aristide in 1991. They were located in Lalue, in the Bank of Paris building. That's the same institution. It is an American company.

Ezili Danto: They are the ones who organized the soccer game?HLLN Haitian Investigator: They are the one who sponsored it. Many different location like Martissant, Lasaline, everywhere there is a Summer Camp for Peace, they are sponsors. OIM**, USAID, the Haitian Secretary of State for Youth and Sports. If one goes to any of the neighborhoods, one will notice the big banners on display: Summer Camp for Peace!

Ezili Danto:
OK. Was there a soccer match during both days or was the game on Saturday? Was there a game on Saturday and then one on Sunday?HLLN Haitian Investigator: No, there was no game on Sunday. The "attaches" [machete wielding paramilitary] came back to the area along with the police [on Sunday].

Ezili Danto: So, they started hacking soccer game attendants on Saturday…

HLLN Haitian Investigator: They started Saturday during the game.

Ezili Danto: Give more details on “they came back on Sunday?” Where were the people gathered on Sunday? Were they in one location? How did they find the people?HLLN Haitian Investigator: When they came back, they attacked people inside their house and anybody they found in the neighborhood. Soon, you’ll hear a citizen I interviewed, an elder, he said that his home was on the verge of being burnt down and was saved thanks to the vehement “NO!” of a couple of MINUSTHA soldiers. They had already set five houses on fire. There were also a few people that they had already cut up.

This same elderly man tells you of his young son who said in shock:

“Daddy, its goats or pigs that I have seen cut up before. How come they are cutting up people now?
I have all this on tape. He provided a detailed account and I will play it for you soon.

Ezili Danto:
Ah yes. I would like to see this videotape! When you said MINUSTHA intervened, you mean that MINUSTHA was present when the assassins were attacking the people?

HLLN Haitian Investigator: That Sunday, MINUSTHA was present. There are more interesting facts to be reported, for when MINUSTHA arrested some members of the machete wielding gang, they casually took out cell phones and called the police. The police intervened, took them away from the MINUSTHA soldiers, then freed them and it’s not a simple matter. I have an interview with a Solino resident who testifies to this fact.

Ezili Danto:
They arrested these guys on Sunday…

HLLN Listener:
On Sunday, when they arrested these assassins, was it in Solino?

HLLN Haitian Investigator:
No. Yes, they arrested them in Corridor Bastia. When they [MINUSTHA] arrested them in Corridor Bastia, it was the same scenario: the police intervened; the police liberated them and subsequently gave them new machetes. The same thing happened in Solino. That proves that the police are aware of the events of Grand Ravine. One does not need an investigation!
Mrs. Coicou [Latortue’s police spokesperson] is taking the position that she saw 7 corpses in the morgue and that the police are still investigating [the Solino massacre from the first two weeks of August where this hacking with police-distributed machetes started]. Well, the death toll is much higher than that [7 people]. On Sunday, when I went to the emergency section of the General Hospital, I saw those with machete gashes in the back, others with gashes in the arm, in the legs, all over. And there were those who were succumbing to their wounds. They were dying, on Sunday afternoon!

Ezili Danto:
OK. Corridor Bastia, is it part of Solino…

HLLN Haitian Investigator:
Corridor Bastia, it’s the extension of Rue Tiremasse. It extends all the way to Nazon. It’s one of the two longest streets in Port-au-Prince. Corridor Bastia is one, the other one is Rue Monseigneur Guilloux.

Ezili Danto:
OK. So there are two instances where MINUSTHA soldiers arrested the men armed with machetes and in both cases, according to the information you got, the Haitian police released them and gave them new machetes!

HLLN Haitian Investigator: Yes, the police took them away from MINUSTHA, released them and gave them new machetes!

Ezili Danto: All together between Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21, how many do you think died? I have…

HLLN Haitian Investigator: According to an organizer in the area, he was one of the conference’s organizers, he said that they can account for 30 corpses, for they found, over these two days, 30 mutilated bodies. Some in the media are not relating this information.

(End of excerpt. More to come)


Note:– Please help us do this work. More Kreyol translators are critically needed to tell our people’s stories. Please consider volunteering by sending an e-mail to: Erzilidanto@yahoo.com)

**Note 2: IOM stands for International Organization for Migration and reportedly it manages the Haiti Transition Initiative, the USAID-program that sponsored the "Summer Camp For Peace" soccer game.

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Radio Commentary on the Soccer Match Massacre and UN complicity in the killings
| Ezili Danto Witness Project
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/campaigns/campaignone/testimonies/soccer.html
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HLLN Note: Below is a commentary excerpted from a Haitian Radio Broadcast in New York on August 23, 2005 by an HLLN network collaborator. This sort of reporting on the USAID|OIM "Camp for Peace" Soccer Match massacre this weekend in Haiti may only be heard on (un-embedded) Haitian radio as none of the mainstream press will likely report on the Bush bloodbath brought to Haiti or even when they do, tell the truth about the UN-led police slaughters in Haiti.

AUGUST 23, 2005 COMMENTARY FROM A HAITIAN JOURNALIST REPORTING FROM HAITI, as excerpted and translated by the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network for the Ezili Danto Witness Project

Employing criminal means, supposedly to eradicate criminal elements from the population:


Haitian radio news correspondent (talking directly from Haiti):

News of massacre in Grand Ravine over the weekend (August 20-2, 2005) have been confirmed. Saturday, the Machete Army was at it again. The rumors were strong starting from Wednesday and indeed this weekend they chopped up over 20 people. The practice of hacking people with machetes is continuing. It started in Solino, proceeded to Bel Air and now it is Grand Ravine that was visited by an army named “lame ti manchete” (little machete army), accompanied, according to neighborhood resident witnesses, by the Haitian Police and MINUSTHA. They hacked 20 people to death.

It occurred Saturday and Sunday during a soccer game. With UN-MINUSTHA troops securing the area, these armed men erupted, by arms we mean machetes, they cut a few heads and quartered many. Twenty died and many more were wounded.

Lionel Mondestin who is on the executive board of a political party named MUR (Movement for Republican Unity) said that it was unacceptable that the national police and MINUSTHA accompany these machete-wheeling men on such a barbaric mission, inside a community! He continued to say that he understands that the police want to apprehend bandits; nonetheless nothing justifies the national police and MINUSTHA staging a systematic massacre, by attaches armed with machetes. This sort of thing had never been seen before in the history of Haiti! According to the MUR official, none of the previously repressive regimes had ever reached such barbaric and criminal heights. Ironic, since they claim their actions to be justified by the fact that they are looking for bandits.

What is interesting though is the matter-of-fact attitude of the Haitian elite and authorities, characterized by Mrs. Coicou’s claim that the national police did not have all the facts and that she would not comment until she got a report. When Mrs. Coicou (police spokesperson)was asked more specifically about the Haitian police distributing machetes to people, suggesting that they seek vengeance, she ignored knowing this fact in the case of Solino, but agreed that she had heard reports from neighboring residents witnesses that such was the case. Nonetheless, she is yet to confirm the distribution of machetes by the national police.

Still, the machete hacking crimes continue with the complicit silence of notably all the political leaders that were actively denouncing, creating and fomenting violence during the anti-Aristide campaign. Today, they are harboring the “fool’s silence”, since the victims seem to be Lavalas supporters. It is to be noted, nonetheless, that in Solino, MINUSTHA interfered when the machete-wheeling brigades took to the streets, seeking more Lavalas blood, subsequence to the news that a former Lavalas minister had come back to Pot-au-Prince. The MINUSTHA soldiers got the men to lay down their machetes. However, informed sources attribute the MINUSTHA action to reports that EURO News had played images of people being hacked to death in the presence of both the National police and MINUSTHA soldiers. Mindful of their image, the MINUSTHA officers ordered an end to operations.

Unfortunately, the reality of the machete armies is that the National Police is installing them in popular neighborhoods like Solino and Grand Ravine. The armies are composed of people who were ostracized in the past for petty crimes, forced to leave the area or jailed. They hold grudges and are coming back for revenge. Many are not from these areas, and the MINUSTHA-led Haitian Police gives them machetes and uses them to kill Lavalas supporters, a subhuman practice that one is at a lost to qualify, similar to the one where armed men slaughter people.

We should also point out that many observers are afraid that this practice will lead to a civil war. The Rwanda scenario is being echoed more and more, referring to the machete dominated civil war where over a million died. These same observers are saying that whoever is distributing the machetes is fomenting civil war!

It should also be pointed out that the “Haitian Authorities” (the defacto gang”) are yet to take a stand on this new MINUSTHA-led police practice. The last statement to memory can be attributed to Mrs. Coicou encouraging neighborhood vigilante gangs to get together with the police to go “bandit hunting”! She said that she was aware of the courageous side of Haitians and that she knew that the people would not step back and she appealed to their sense of responsibility, asking the neighborhood who were yet to follow suit to hurry-up! That is exactly what just happened in Grand Ravine where a machete-wheeling gang received logistical and material support from the police and MINUSTHA and hacked to death 20 neighborhood residents, in the realm of this new wave of violent crimes being perpetrated against the people of Haiti.

One should also point out that this new wave seems to have replaced the kidnapping phenomenon that had so abruptly erupted on the Haitian scene. As a matter of fact, the sustained salvos of gunfire heard in Haiti day and night seem to have mysteriously disappeared, since the apparition of this new crime wave that Haitians call “Lame Ti Manchèt” (Little machete Army). One can only point to one killing that does not seem to be connected to the MINUSTHA/Police sponsored machete gangs. It is a case in Drouillard, where a Canadian and a Haitian seem to have been shot in a kidnapping attempt. Nonetheless, there is a marked change in the kidnapping situation, reflected in some resuming habits that made them prime kidnapping candidates.

Thus, the new wave of criminal acts definitely seems to be machete massacres implemented by the MINUSTHA/Police Nationale sponsored gangs. Though, as mentioned previously MINUSTHA reluctantly did stop the Solino gang on Sunday, subsequent to the news of images played on Euro News showing people being hacked and quartered under the supervision of the MINUSTHA-led Nationale Police and MINUSTHA troops.
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Urgent: Help Prevent Further Massacres in Haiti!
- Letter to UN officials and Canadian Members of Parliament | from Jean St. Vil, August 28, 2005
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Dear U.N. officials and Canadian Members of Parliament,

News broke two days ago that a key organizer of the kidnapping wave that caused so many deaths and so much suffering to Haitians in the past year have been finally caught.

http://www.radiokiskeya.com/article.php3?id_article=1169


The arrest of Stanley Handal, a multi-millionaire suspected to be a ring leader of the kidnapping enterprise, seems to corroborate the many reports which suggested all along that the materminds of the kidnapping phenomenon are rich and powerful individuals from Haiti’s ruling elite who have powerful connections in the banking industry and within a faction of the post-coup government, and who, as identified by the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey, are the primary owners of firearm stocks in the country.

http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=55&ItemID=8165

Nonetheless Lavalas political activists or suspected sympathisers of the deposed constitutional president continue to be scapegoated and marked for elimination on the pretext that the regime and its foreign accomplices are «fighting bandits ».

Most disturbing of all, in the last few weeks, news broke that the Police had distributed machetes and supervised numerous public lynchings in the poor neighborhoods.


http://sg.news.yahoo.com/050825/3/3uh9l.html


We are receiving frequent on the ground reports of major UN/MINUSTAH operations in the poor neighborhoods like Cite Soleil. The last such operation, which was well-documented, resulted in the deaths of several dozen civilians. Independent journalist and fimmaker Kevin Pina wrote an emergency appeal about the coming massacre on August 18th, 2005, where he writes:

"If the UN goes ahead with its plan for a second major military incursion against Cite Soleil, it is guaranteed the number of casualties will far exceed July 6th and further tarnish and expose the real role of the UN in guaranteeing the coup of Feb. 28, 2004."

http://haitiaction.net/News/KP/8_18_5/8_18_5.html


As early as June of this year, the Police spokeperson who refused to divulgate the identity of a detainee suspected of involvement in kidnappings, shamelessly intervening to protect his « good family name », was lamenting to reporters how "there are people of good family and high social level that unfortunately are involved in kidnappings,"

So, why are the poor still the target of such senseless repression? We ask that you intervene publicly - in your official capacity - by any means possible - to stop the repressive operations before it's too late; stop the large scale military attacks on the poor. Please intervene as soon as possible to stop the loss of innocent life; it is still possible to do so.

Sincerely,
Jean Saint-Vil,
Gatineau, Québec, Canada
Canada Haiti Action Network
www.canadahaitiaction.ca
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(English Translation of an AUMOHD report)
5000 Soccer Fans Witness Machete/Hatchet Lynching by Haitian Police and Civilian Murderers


by Tom Luce with AUMOHD investigators
Aug. 25 Port-Au-Prince

(*captions to attached photos printed at:
http://www.haitiaction.net/News/TL/8_26_5/8_26_5.html
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Dredging up fearsome memories of days thought to have gone by forever, eyewitnesses here in Port-Au-Prince have portrayed an unbelievable lynching-by-machete/hatchet rampage by red-shirted killers wearing head bands, backed up by the Hatian National Police, of up to 50 victims on Aug. 21 at a soccer field in Gran Ravin-Martissant. This summary, extra-legal execution follows similar type massacres in Bel Air and Solino earlier this summer. This time the killings were done in plain daylight in front of and involving 5000 soccer fans, an incredibly bold assault by Haitian police and their civilian accomplices in the presence of troops from MINUSTAH. As has been the case this entire past year, the "targets" in Sunday's massacre, were all identified as "bandits", "Lavalas" scum (Ratpacaca).

Eyewitnesses described to a group of human rights agents today this super t.v. drama styled event. As fans were being entertained during one of the breaks in the soccer game--highly attended because national league players had joined the local teams--a group of police and men wearing red tee shirts and head bands entered the playing field and took over the microphone from the announcer.

The people in the crowd at first thought that this was a friendly show of security by the police. But that idea was immediately dashed when the red shirt announcer stopped the music being played by the DJ and then demanded everyone to lay on the ground. A shot was fired into the air and people began a panicked response. Some tried to run away, some tried scaling the walls to escape and several of these were shot. Others tried running into the adjoining rooms of the stadium and later were found hacked to death. The red shirts, backed up by the police began demanding specific individuals lying on the ground if they were affiliated with Aristide, asking for confirmation from others whether these people were "bandits". Then without mercy these red shirts either hacked their victims to death or hacked them and then had their victims shot by the police.

According to eyewitnesses and the family members of the victims interviewed today, the victims of the executioners were innocent people and were attacked only because they were allegedly Lavalas supporters.

The red shirts were equipped with machetes and hatchets that were distributed, according to witnesses, by the police at the Martissant police station. These same civilians who appeared in red shirts and head bands at the soccer game, armed with machetes were recognized by people in the area as the same people who at least a month previously were thrown out of the area as trouble makers among whom were some prison escapees and thieves. Some of these executioners were named by witnesses: Georges Jean Yves, Gérard, aka, Gwo l'Ombril (Big Belly Button), Élifet aka Tête Calé (Shaved Head), Ti Clody, Rudy, Joël, Eddy, Apoupann aka Colonel, Ronald Toussaint, Kiki , Rocky Rambo, and Cliska. The chief of police of Martissant was also implicated in the operation by the witnesses and according to the witnesses threatened to come after them and "wipe them out the next day."

On Sunday, Aug. 21 the same red shirts, accompanied by the police, invaded residential areas and burned more than four houses alleged to be inhabited by Lavalas supporters. They also severely damaged an electricity transformer in the area. They also damaged several other houses.
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Captions (photos):
#1. Family members of victims of the Gran Ravin lynching gave interviews to human rights investigators today, Aug. 25
#2. Other Family members of lynching victims tell their story.
#3. A school for the poor built by Pres. Aristide stands idle and empty
#4. A view of the Port-Au-Prince harbor from Gran Ravin
Note: #5 has been omitteed
#6. Mother of a lynching victim
#7. A view of the hillside community of Gran Ravin
#8. School I.D. of a young 23 year old man, one of the victims of the lynching.

Tom Luce, President
HURAH, Inc.
Human Rights Accompaniment In Haiti
900 Advocates In The Northeast of the U.S.
30 Park St.
Barre, Vt. 05641
In Haiti: Cell phone 011-509-428-8676
Tel. 802-476-7056, 522-3525
http://www.hurah.webhop.org
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(French Version)- Lynchage à machete et hâche à Gran Ravin Avec PNH

5000 Fanas De Foot Témoignent Un Lynchage Par Machette et Hachette Aux Mains Des Civils Aidés par la Police Nationale d'Haïti En Présence de la MINUSTAH

par Tom Luce
avec investigateurs d'AUMOHD
août 25 Port-Au-Prince
Contacts: Tom Luce, 428-8676
Evel Fanfan, Pres. AUMOHD-DwaMoun 424-3334
181 Autoroute de Delmas 23, PAP

(* légende des photos attachées se trouve en bas de l'article
** Version anglaise après la version française)Évoquant des mémoires effrayantes des jours censés pour ne jamais être répétés, des témoins oculaires ici à Port-Au-Prince ont dépeint un saccage incroyable de lynchage-par-machètte-et-hache aux mains des tueurs civils en maillot rouge avec des mouchoirs à la tête, soutenus par la police nationale d' Haïti en présence de la MINUSTAH. environ 50 victimes ont été trouvés samedi 21 août dans un terrain de foot à Gran Ravin-Martissant.

Cette exécution sommaire et illégale suit des similaires massacres au Bel Air et à Solino plus tôt cet été. Cette fois les massacres ont été commis en plein jour devant une foule de 5000 fanas de foot, qui eux aussi ont été subis à des incroyables menaces et ordres de ce groupe de tueurs en maillot rouge. C'était un assaut incroyablement audacieux par la PNH et leurs complices civils en présence des troupes de la MINUSTAH. Comme a été le cas tout le long de l'année 2004-5, les cibles de ce lynchage/massacre le samedi 20 aout 2005, ils étaient tous identifiés par la police et les maillots rouges comme des "bandits", dégats de "Lavalas" (Rat pa kaka).

Les témoins oculaires ont décrit à un groupe d'agents de droits de l'homme aujourd'hui ce drame qui resemble à un feuillton détectif à la télé. Pendant que des fanas étaient en train d'être animés par un "DJ" lors d'une des pauses dans le match de foot -- suivis par un grand nombre parce que des joueurs de niveau de ligue nationale avaient joint les équipes locales -- un groupe d'hommes habillés en maillot rouge avec des mouchoirs à la tête sont entrés dans le terrain de foot et l'un d'entre eux a pris le microphone de l'annonceur.

Les personnes dans la foule de prime abord pensaient que c'était une manifestation amicale de sécurité par la police. Mais cette idée était immédiatement renversé quand l'homme en maillot rouge a arrêté la musique jouée par le DJ et puis a exigé chacun de se coucher par terre. Un coup de feu a été tire en l'air et les gens ont commencé avec une réponse paniquée. Certains ont essayé de courir pour s'échapper, d'autres ont essayé de grimper les murs pour prendre la fuite. Plusieurs de ces derniers étaient fusillés par la police. D'autres ont couru dans les pièces voisines du stade et plus tard ils ont été trouvés hâchés à mort. Les maillots rouges, soutenus par la police ont commencé à exiger des individus spécifiques déja couchés par terre s'ils étaient partisans d'Aristide, demandant la confirmation d'autres si ces personnes étaient des "bandits". Alors sans pitié ces maillots rouges ont hâché leurs victimes à mort ou les ont hâchés et puis ont fait la police tirer à mort leurs victimes. Selon des témoins oculaires et les membres de famille des victimes interviewées aujourd'hui, les victimes des bourreaux étaient des personnes innocentes et ont été attaquées seulement parce qu'elles étaient présumés des défenseurs de Lavalas.

Les maillots rouges ont été équipées des machettes et des haches avec le sigle PNH qui ont été distribuées avant le match, selon les témoins, par la police au commissariat de police de Martissant. Ces mêmes civils qui ont apparus dans les maillots rouges et mouchoirs à la tête au match de foot, armés avec des machettes et des hâches ont été identifiés par des personnes dans le secteur en tant que les mêmes gens qui ont été, il y a au moins un mois, expulsés du secteur comme des malfaiteurs et voleurs parmi lesquels étaient quelques évadés de prison et voleurs. Certains de ces bourreaux ont été nommés par des témoins comme les suivants: Georges Jean Yves; Gérard, alyas "Gwo LOmbrik", Elifet,alyas "Tête Calé", Ti Clody, Rudy, Joël; Eddy; Apoupann alyas "Colonel", Ronald Toussaint, Kiki, Rambo Rocky, et Cliska. Le chef de la police de Martissant a été également impliqué dans l'opération par les témoins et selon les témoins ce dernier les a menacé en disant qu'il viendrait après eux et il les "éliminera" le jour suivant."

Le 21 aoôt, dimanche les mêmes hommes en maillot rouge, accompagnés par la police ont envahi des voisinages de Gran Ravin et ont brulés plus de quatre maisons censées d'être des partisans Lavalas. Ils ont haché à mort d'autres victimes comme ils l'ont fait le samedi.

Légende des photos : http://www.haitiaction.net/News/TL/8_26_5/8_26_5.html
# 1. membres de famille des victimes du lynchage à Gran Ravin donne une intervue aux investigateurs des droits humains aujourd'hui, 25 août
# 2. Autre membres de famille des victimes de lynchage racontent leurs histoires.
# 3. Une école pour les pauvres construite par Pres. Aristide actuellement vide et pas utilisée
# 4. Une vue de Port-Au-Prince de Gran Ravin
(note : _ #5 a été omis)
# 6. Mère d'un victime de lynchage
# 7. Une vue de la communauté Gran Ravin batie sur une colline
# 8. Une carte d'identité d' un jeune homme agé de 23 ans, victime de lynchage
Arrestation d’un important homme d’affaires en relation avec
les cas de kidnapping enregistrés à Port-au-Prince
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(Unofficial English Translation of Radio Kiskeya report above):

An Important Businessman Was Arrested in Relation to Kidnapping Cases recorded in Port-au-Prince
Tuesday August 23, 2005
Radio Kiskeya

Tuesday in Port-au-Prince, the police arrested an important Arab/Haitian businessman, Stanley Handal, based on his involvement in kidnapping cases that have plagued Port-au-Prince these last few months.

Mr. Handal, who also does business with the police, was apprehended as part of the investigation in the disappearance of a (31 years old) UNIBANK employee, Nathael Aleus Genelus, which occurred this past August 2, subsequent to his questioning at the police precinct of Delma 62. The police inspector responsible for this precinct, James Bourdeau, is being actively sought for his role in Mr. Genelus’ assumed kidnapping.

According to police sources, the investigation in the disappearance of UNIBANK’s employee allowed police to uncover the existence of a huge and powerful network of crooks, linked with drug money laundering, kidnappings, and many other shady activities.
The Businessman Stanley Handal and the bank employee Genelus were apparently part of this network. Sources contacted by radio Kiskeya pointed out that it took the deployment of an important police contingent in order to apprehend Stanley Handal. The UN civilian police (CIVPOL) were part of the operations as well.

No further details were given about the bank employee’s fate, as well as police inspector James Bourdeau’s.

Subsequent to a slowdown period, kidnapping cases are slowly returning, spreading to previously unaffected parts of Port-au-Prince.
A Canadian, a Haitian residing in the US as well as a high level cadre of the Taxation General Management were killed within a week.

Translated Radio Kiskeya Report

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Arrestation d’un important homme d’affaires en relation avec les cas de kidnapping enregistrés à Port-au-Prince


La police a procédé mardi à Port-au-Prince à l’arrestation d’un
important homme d’affaires haïtien d’origine arabe, M. Stanley Handal,
en relation avec la série d’actes de kidnapping enregistrés à
Port-au-Prince ces derniers mois.

M. Handal, qui est aussi un fournisseur de la police, a été appréhendé
dans le cadre de l’enquête ouverte autour de la disparition d’un
employé de la UNIBANK, Nathael Aléus Génélus (31 ans) depuis le 2 août
dernier après une interpellation dont il a été l’objet au sous
commissariat de police de Delmas 62. L’inspecteur de police responsable
de ce sous-commissariat, James Bourdeau, est encore activement
recherché pour implication présumée dans l’enlèvement de M. Génélus.

Selon des sources policières, l’enquête autour de la disparition de
l’employé de la UNIBANK aurait permis à la police de découvrir
l’existence d’un vaste et puissant réseau de malfaiteurs impliqués dans
le blanchiment d’argent de la drogue, les actes de kidnapping et
d’autres activités louches.

L’homme d’affaires Stanley Handal et l’employé de banque Génélus,
feraient partie du réseau. Il aurait fallu le déploiement d’importantes
forces de police pour l’appréhender, indiquent les sources contactées
par Kiskeya. La police civile de l’ONU (CIVPOL) a également participé à
l’opération.

Aucune précision n’a pu être obtenue sur le sort de l’employé de
banque, de même que sur celui de l’inspecteur de police James Bourdeau.

Après une période d’accalmie, une certaine recrudescence des actes de
kidnapping est constatée à Port-au-Prince avec une tendance à
l’extension du phénomène à d’autres quartiers jusqu’ici épargnés.

Un canadien, un haïtien résidant aux Etats-Unis et un haut cadre de la
Direction Générale des Impôts ont été tués en moins d’une semaine à
Port-au-Prince.
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Forwarded by the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/law/lawpress.html
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"Men anpil chay pa lou" is Kreyol for - "Many hands make light a heavy load."

Join our International Solidarity
- THE FREE HAITI MOVEMENT. For info,
see: http://www.margueritelaurent.com/photogallery/haitisolidarityday.html
and,
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/solidarityday/infoforsponsors.html
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Matters To Be Investigated by an International Tribunal on the
Bicentennial Coup:

http://www.margueritelaurent.com/law/matterstoinvestigage.html

List (partial) of The "Subcontracted Haitians" financed to starve democracy,
forment violence, sponsor the Coup D'etat:
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/law/haitianNGOs.html


UN Machetes in Haiti | Haitian Perspectives by August 15, 2005
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/unmachetes.html


(Letter to UN officials - Stop the slaughter and bloodshed in Haiti, in
particular the new Coup D'etat folks practice of chopping up the
Lavalas poor and women with police machetes
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/unmachetes.html

HLLN's Open Letter Demanding a stop to UN slaughter in Site Soley
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/openletter.html


Demand a Stop to the killings in Site Soley | Denounce the slaughter
of Haitian people by UN Troops:
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/
campaigns/campaignone/presswork/protect.html


HLLN's thanks the Hip Hop Kulture Community for their Petition for
Peace in Haiti and M1 of Dead Prez
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/peacepetition.html
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Open Letter to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from New York Haitians
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/lulaletter.html

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See also: No Voters, No Problem - HAITI: ELECTIONS IN A CEMETERY
(Text of Radio BC audio commentary)
http://www.blackcommentator.com/radio_bc
/071505/071505_radio_bc_text.html


(Audio Radio BC commentary)
http://www.blackcommentator.com/radio_bc/index.html

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Outsiders plan Haitian elections: No voters? No problem by Sue Ashdown
| Women's International League for Peace and Freedom | SFBayview, June
29, 2005 http://www.sfbayview.com/062905
/haitianelections062905.shtml

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Video: The Truth Behind the Haiti Coup
http://www.freespeech.org/fscm2/contentviewer.php?content_id=856
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Amnesty International human rights report (in Kreyol and English) on
Haiti: Disarmament delayed, justice denied - July 28, 2005
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/campaigns/campaignone/
human_rights_reports/AAjusticedenied.html

or, http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAMR360052005

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HLLN Statement - Open Letter Demanding a Stop to UN slaughter
of Haitian civilians in Site soleil, Haiti, July 21, 2005
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/openletter.html

DENOUNCE THE SLAUGHTER OF HAITIAN CIVILIANS BY UN TROOPS IN HAITI, EVEN
OF PREGNANT WOMEN AND 1, 2, 4 and 5-year old toddlers. Demand stop to
killings of Haitian civilians in Haiti by UN troops. Please send appeals immediately
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/campaigns
/campaignone/presswork/protect.html

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International
Solidarity Day Pictures & Articles
May 18, 2005
Pictures and Articles Witness Project
Click photo for larger image
Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme - on "Wanted poster" of suspects wanted by the Haitian police.
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Community
Leader,
Emmanuel
"Dread" Wilme reported killed July 6, 2005

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Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme speaks:
Radio Lakou New York, April 4, 2005 interview with Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme
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Urgent Action
Alert- Demand a Stop to Killings
in Cite Soleil:

Background Info,
Sample letters and Contact information provided, April 21, 2005

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The
Crucifiction of
Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme,
a historical
perspective

Charlemagne Peralte - The old Bandit King of Haiti
* In 1919 the US murdered him and put the body on public display

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Urge the Caribbean Community to stand firm in not recognizing the illegal Latortue regime:

Selected CARICOM Contacts
Key
CARICOM
Email
Addresses
zilibutton Slide Show at the July 27, 2004 Haiti Forum Press Conference during the DNC in Boston honoring those who stand firm for Haiti and democracy; those who tell the truth about Haiti; Presenting the Haiti Resolution, and; remembering Haiti's revolutionary legacy in 2004 and all those who have lost life or liberty fighting against the Feb. 29, 2004 Coup d'etat and its consequences
     
 
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