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The Real Reasons why the US, France, Canada and UN invaded Haiti and overthrew its elected government

The Utility of Haiti by Faiz Ahmed
Published at:
Media Monitors Network, October 30, 2005

"Haiti is hallowed ground, set by our African ancestors as a place Black people could be free within a sea full of Euro/U.S. enslavers. We Haitians stand firm against the re-colonization of Haiti through dictatorship as being instigated and masked by the chaos and instability brought on by the bicentennial coup d'etat, phony elections fever, all, divide and conquer mechanisms and pretexts used to cloak and justify the poverty pimp's (USAID/US/IMF/WB) planned establishment of an ultimate US/UN military protectorship in Haiti. Haiti, some say is a dress reahearsal for the attack on Cuba and Venezuela as failed states." HLLN, October 29, 2005

 

The Utility of Haiti by Faiz Ahmed
Published at:
Media Monitors Network

October 30, 2005

The U.S. administration, admitting that Iraq posed no threat, have changed their rationale for waging the war from something tangible, i.e. finding “weapons of mass destruction,” to something theoretical, ‘promoting democracy’. As a result, the concept of the “failed and failing state” has been (re)introduced into the lexicon of global politics.

The people of Haiti find themselves in a peculiar struggle. Their democratically elected government was overthrown by Haitian exiles from Miami in February of 2004 with the support of the Canadian, French, and American governments and was subsequently placed under the mandate of the United Nations five months later. Today, the country is in a chaotic state. Supporters of the overthrown government are being silenced, all too often through violence. [1]

It is difficult to criticize the international community’s involvement in Haiti because the occupation now has the stamp of the United Nations on it. I would suggest, however, that international intervention in Haiti is symptomatic of the re-ordering of global politics since the American led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

What does Haiti have to do with Iraq?


The United States’ doctrine of “pre-emptive war” was the impetus for their decision to invade Iraq in March of 2003. The invasion of Iraq created perhaps the largest political schism the world has witnessed since World War II. Although governments have publicly opposed foreign led wars in the past (recall Korea, Vietnam, Iraq I, Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan II), this opposition has largely been voiced by countries in the underdeveloped world (with the exceptions of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait). The impending war on Iraq in 2003 was different because governments within the western world publicly opposed it. France and Germany were perhaps some of the loudest voices against an invasion.

Canada, in the face of immense pressure from the United States and England, decided not to invade. Furthermore, public opinion throughout the world was overwhelmingly against war. Many countries saw massive demonstrations. For example, London was the site of the largest public demonstration against war in England’s history (over 1
500 000 people). [2] The convergence of both state and popular opposition to the war on Iraq had an insularizing effect on the United States. Campaigns such as the “Freedom Fries Bill” became quite popular, as did notions of an “Old Europe.”

The U.S. administration, admitting that Iraq posed no threat, have changed their rationale for waging the war from something tangible, i.e. finding “weapons of mass destruction,” to something theoretical, ‘promoting democracy’. As a result, the concept of the “failed and failing state” has been (re)introduced into the lexicon of global politics. The “failed state” is controversial not least because its defining characteristics are open to interpretation, but also because questions of who have the authority to label countries as “failed” are not addressed. However, the utility of a “failed or failing state” is that it provides a justification for “pre-emptive warfare”
and America, it seems, “is now threatened less by conquering states than by failing ones.” [3]

It is in this context that the American, Canadian, and French invasion of Haiti in 2004 becomes relevant.

The invasion of Haiti was rationalized by it being declared a “failed state.”

Examinations of the post-invasion alliances, which have formed in its wake, indicate a political rapprochement of Western countries. Haiti provided a venue for France, Canada, and the United States to reconcile their differences over Iraq. In the case of
Haiti, this alliance was somewhat natural, at least historically, as Haiti was at one time a colonial possession of France and has long been regarded by the United States as being in America’s “backyard” (because of its location in the Caribbean). Canadian ties to Haiti, in the form of economic interests, are quite intricate. For example,
there are several Canadian textile and mining companies either present or attempting to establish a presence in Haiti. [4]

Furthermore, by extending the invasion to include the United Nations, the United States has allowed the U.N. to reassert its relevance on the global stage, albeit under the shadow of the United States.

The inclusive nature of this invasion has paid some dividends to the United States.

The governments of France and Canada and the Secretary General’s office of the United Nations have ceased to publicly criticize the American occupation of Iraq. But, perhaps most importantly, the invasion of Haiti has silenced those Western countries that opposed the concept of “pre-emptive war.” Pre-emptive warfare is an important feature of American foreign policy. It allows for the removal of those governments and societies that pose a “threat” to the United States, the nature of that threat being undefined.

What is the Political Backdrop to the conflict in Haiti?


The crisis dates back to Haiti’s elections in 2000 (the same year the U.S. experienced a contested election of their own). [5] In Haiti, election observers contested the winners of seven senate seats (out of 7,500 total positions). [6] The contested seats were eventually resigned and had no impact on the presidency, which was not being
voted on at the time. However, the discrepancy was enough for a small segment (one per cent) of the population to demand the presidents’ resignation. [7] Examining the reasons why such a small segment of Haiti’s population had such a loud voice when opposing a popular president is beyond the scope of this article; I would suggest that
readers browse Haiti Watch [8] to familiarize themselves with the class and racial structures that have existed in Haiti since colonization.

I would further suggest that Haiti represents a test for the application of the “failed state” theory. Haiti is but one underdeveloped country led by a government not close to Washington. A successful and unchallenged occupation and transformation of Haitian society will likely make it more palatable for the invasion of countries like Venezuela, Cuba, and others who find themselves labelled as “failures.” [9]


Notes:

[1]. Haiti's Human Rights a Disaster, UN says"
<http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.
20051014.whaiti1014/BNStory/International/>

[2]. Million March Against Iraq War":
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2765041.stm

[3]. “The Failed States Index”. Foreign Policy; Jul/Aug 2005; 149;
pp. 56-65

[4]. Engler, Yves and Anthony Fenton “Canada in Haiti” Red
Publishing/Fernwood Publishing (2005); p. 99

[5]. “Operation Zero In Haiti”. New Left Review (27) May-June 2004 p. 28

[6]. “Haiti – Insurrection In The Making” (ZNET)

[7]. Engler, Yves and Anthony Fenton “Canada in Haiti” Red Publishing/Fernwood Publishing (2005); p. 20

[8]. http://www.zmag.org/lam/Haitiwatch.cfm

[9]. “CIA Classifies Venezuela as Top Potentially Unstable Country”:
http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/articles.php?artno=1378

© 2005 S. Faiz Ahmed
Source: Published at: Media Monitors Network, October 30, 2005

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We won't be peaceful and let them kill us any longer
http://www.sfbayview.com/101905/wewontbe101905.shtml

"We are abandoning the position of the moderates who tell us to be peaceful and work within the system while we starve and the interim government kills us. While we don't have the weapons to go seeking out battles, we have decided as a community that enough is enough." 'We won't be peaceful and let them kill us any longer' Bel Air interview with Roaean Baptiste
http://www.sfbayview.com/101905/wewontbe101905.shtml

HLLN Note. Haiti is hallowed ground, set by our African ancestors as a place Black people could be free within a sea full of Euro/U.S. enslavers. We Haitians stand firm against the re-colonization of Haiti through dictatorship as being instigated and masked by the chaos and instability brought on by the bicentennial coup d'etat, phony elections fever, all, divide and conquer mechanisms and pretexts used to cloak and justify the poverty pimp's (USAID/US/IMF/WB) planned establishment of an ultimate US/UN protectorship in Haiti.

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5-Points From the Democratic Base In Haiti speaking for self (since Haiti's Democratic Party Leaders are in Jail or in Exile)

5-points from the grassroots Lavalas Movement and party-base in Haiti
in order for the majority and forces of peoples in Haiti they represent
to go to elections:


1. Liberation of all political prisoners including Father Gerald Jean-Juste who the Fanmi Lavalas grassroots-base in Haiti has chosen as their candidate for the presidency of Haiti.

2. The Latortue government must go.

3. The repression and killings in the popular neighborhoods must stop

4. Disarmament. Arms must be gone. There cannot be elections with all these arms on the streets (even those in the hands of the
"no-nationality" Haitian bourgeoisie, their "anti-poor" thug enforcers and former
military).

5. President Aristide and all those in exile must be allowed to return to Haiti

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Emmanuel Dred Wilme: A Hero for the 21st Century

If the masses wrote history, today, October 17, 2005, would be marked in Haiti's history as the day that Desalin and Dred Wilme entwined.

In Haiti, October 17 is traditionally the Day of Heros.

Today, on October 17, 2005, the people of Site Soley, Haiti, declared, in their own people-authorized naming ceremony, with reportedly thousands in attendance, that Emmanuel Dred Wilme is their "hero for the 21st century."

Today, despite all the torment of imperialism's gluttonous greed for power in Haiti, despite the bitter twisted lies of Bush regime change, the conventional media's silent complicity and the US\UN massacres and international repression of Haiti's voice and humanity, with pride and without fear, the people of Haiti gathered together to remember their liberty, their long struggle for justice, their triumph over European
tyrnanny. They honored their African heroes, remembered their founding father, Jean Jacques Dessalines, who was assassinate on, this day, October 17 in the year 1806.

To commemorate this day, the masses gathered and chose a man who reminds them of their revolutionary hero. His name was Emmanuel Dred Wilme.

Dred Wilme, a young and wounded Black man of the poorest of the poor peoples of Haiti, was hunted down for more than 17-months by the most powerful military forces on this planet and finally assassinated on July 6, 2005 in a raid led with more than 350 UN occupation troops, acting as proxy for the US, its sweatshop kingpins and death squad leaders who had came to power in Haiti through the February 29, 2004 coup d'etat and summary disenfranchisement of Haiti's 9 million Black people.

On October 17, 2005, in honor of all of Haiti's freedom fighters, the masses in Haiti's Site Soley renamed and inaugurated a major boulevard in Haiti (Rt. 9) the "Dred Wilme boulevard" to commemorate his life along with that of Haiti's founding father, Jean Jacques Desalin.

During the ceremonies and speeches, the people flew banners with three pictures together: a picture of President Aristide, Che Chevera and Emmanuel Dred Wilme. The struggle to regain Haiti's independence, they vow, has just begun.

This initiative of the people under U.N. guns, by the people under U.N. guns, for the people of Haiti and for Dred Wilme who was executed by U.N. guns, illustrates, Haiti's courageous refusal and absolute inability to meekly accept the stark despotism of the coup d'etat governments of the US, Canada and France; the tyranny of their UN soldiers, their international financial institutions (IMF, World Bank, USAID, IRI, NED). It reflects Haitian determination to recommit to win Haiti's sovereignty back from the US-backed and imposed Latortue government and the US-Euro attempt to legitimize rule-by-force, de facto protectorate and dictatorship through the upcoming rigged elections. (See, US and UN are not Qualified to Teach Haitians about Democracy by Marguerite Laurent at
http://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/ezilidanto/2005-10/msg00001.html
The Elections Game is On by Justin Podur at Znet:
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=55&ItemID=8822
and Haiti's Biometric Elections: A High-Tech Experiment in Exclusion by
Andréa Schmidt
on Znet at
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=55&ItemID=8865 )

To the people in his community, Dred Wilme was a defender of the poor and weak; a modern day warrior who is reputed to have single-handedly led the Haitian Coup D'etat resistance in Port-au-Prince, first against the U.S. Marines' entire military might and then, he faced, bravely, 38 nations who had sent their armies to hunt him down and eliminate him and the spirit that ran through Haiti's valiant peoples always fighting against Euro\US imperialism, patriarchy, racism and neoliberalism. Today, on October 17, 2005, the tired, traumatized and incessantly terrorized and criminalized residents of Site Soley and Bel Air stood up to say to the imperialist, their sweatshop kingpins and death squad leaders, that Dred Wilme is their hero. He never betrayed the cause in spite of all the offers made to him. He was a man who fought for his community. His spirit lives and each time they walk down the stretch of road known as Route 9, he will be remembered. Never forgotten. As long as there is state-sponsored misery, social exclusion, arbitrariness and violence, there will always
be Emmanuel Dred Wilmes in Haiti. They say Dred Wilme cannot die, just as Desalines, who liberated Haiti from European enslavement, Dred Wilme is rising worldwide. (See famous Haitian poem by Moriso, "Mesi Papa Desalin"). They said the world is in great need of such heroes who, themselves deprived and without means or resources, still devote their life to defend the weaker, the poorest and most disenfranchised amongst their own.

The thousands of the Site Soley and Haitian residents who paid tribute to Dread Wilme denounced the UN military operation that led to the death of their leader as well as the deaths of many innocent people. They reaffirmed their determination to continue the struggle for the return of constitutional order.

Below, as you read the poem written by Felix Morrisseau-Leroy, if you substitute the name "Dred Wilme" each time "Dessalines" is written, you'll get a glimpse of what it means to pro-democracy Haitians, at home and abroad, that this man Dred Wilme took up arms to defend the African ancestors’ greatest legacy in the year of the bi-centennial coup and the attempted US\Euro desecration of Haiti's independence and sovereignty.

The Haitian Lawyers Leadership was the organization to bring and make accessible, in English, the words of Dred Wilme while the U.N. armies were still hunting him. Before he was gone, before he made the ultimate sacrifice so that Haiti will one day be free, Dred Wilme knew we had stood against his being demonized, his blatant and unsubstantiated criminilization. The Dred Wilme interview HLLN sponsored for the Ezili Danto Witness Project clearly contradicted the racists lies of the UN, US and their media outlets and the journalists who portrayed most young men in Haiti, and particularly those supporting the unarmed demonstrators in the populist neighborhoods and in Site Soley and Bel Air as thugs ("chimeres'), rapists and animals.

Before he died, while besieged and suffering gun shot wounds, after gun shot wounds, Dred Wilme - who would refuse worried appeals to leave his home, community or go into maronage - insisted on recognizing and exercising, to his last breath, as a whole man, his right to self defense. HLLN listened. Heard Dred Wilme's hoarse and unanswered cries for help from someone, anyone in the international community with principles and access to stop the powers-that-be's genocide in Haiti. We grieved at this young, racistly cornered Black man's aloneness. HLLN is most proud to have told his story and honored Dred while he was still alive and being mercilessly hunted down by the world's most powerful people and military powers, which should have been out looking for the Ben Laden's of the world, rather than to hurting more Haiti's innocent, unconnected-to-material-power, starved, wounded and outgunned Haitian men, women and children posing no security threat to anyone on this planet. But Dred Wilme did not face Euro/US racism and Imperialism's iron will and fists alone. The people of Site Soley, his community, wanted the world to know he was their hero and HLLN is proud to have transmitted this vision of Dred Wilme as father of his community, caretaker and defender, not enemy, not "gang leader," not "chimere", to the world, before he was gone, shot dead by U.N. soldiers, and when no other human rights organizations and activists would commit to speak aloud for him, much less put it on paper, for fear of being too politically incorrect and going against the imperialist/Neocon tide. (See The Crucifixion of Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme by U.N. Troops: A historical perspective by Marguerite Laurent and Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme speaks.

Those who killed freedom fighters like Dred Wilme, also called Toussaint Louverture, Jean Jacques Desalines, Capois Lamort, Charlemagne Péralte, Che Chevera and Malcom X "bandits" and "thugs."

Marguerite Laurent, Esq.
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
October 17, 2005

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Original April 4th, 2005 interview with Dread Wilme (in Kreyol)
http://www.lakounewyork.com/emisyon4-25-05.mp3

 
 
   

Mèsi Papa Desalin
Thank you Father Dessalines* by Morisseau-Leroy


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Below is the famous Felix Morrisseau-Leroy poem "Mèsi Papa Desalin" -
"Thank you Father Desalin", both in the original Kreyol and translated
in English, honoring Haiti's great revolutionary hero, Jean Jacques
Dessalines.
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Thank you Father Dessalines* by Morisseau-Leroy


Thank you Dessalines,
Father Dessalines, thank you

When I realize who I am today
I say Thank you, Dessalines

Every time I hear a colonized Negro,
A Negro that is still captive of censorship
I say : Thank you, Father Dessalines
Only I, know what you mean to me
Thank you, Father Dessalines

If I am a whole human being today
I have to say : Thank you Father Dessalines

If I can open my eyes and look at my surroundings
It is thanks to you, Dessalines

If I walk with my head up high
It is thanks to you, Dessalines

Every time I look at another Negro
I say : Thank you Dessalines

When I look at what’s happening in the world
I say : Thank you, Dessalines

When I hear the White men’s voices
I say : Father Dessalines, thank you

When I hear my brothers and sisters
I say : Thank you, Father Dessalines

Only I, know, what you mean to me
Mighty Dessalines,
Dessalines, my blood,
Dessalines, apple of my eye
Dessalines, my womb

Only I know why
All Negroes must say
Thank you Dessalines,
You showed us the way
Thank you Dessalines
You are our guiding light

Dessalines,
You gave us the earth we walk on
The skies over our heads,
The trees, the rivers
The sea, the ponds, it is all you,
Dessalines, it is you who gave us the Sun
The Moon,
You gave us our brothers, our sisters
Our mothers, our fathers, our children

It is you who shaped us this way
Who thought us to be unique

We are not like other Negroes

When I look people straight in the eye
It is you who is looking at them, Dessalines

It is you who gives us water and who quenches our thirst
It is you who gives us food and satisfies our hunger
Thank you, Father Dessalines

And, it is you who gives us shelter
The earth we harvest

It is you who taught us to sing

It is you who taught us to say : NO

They say some Negroes say : yes, yes!
Other says: Yes, master !
You taught us to say : NO!

Dessalines taught all Negroes on earth how to say : NO
Thank you, Father Dessalines

Some Negroes try to explain
That today does not resemble yesterday
And that now,
Human fraternity,
Humanity, civilization,
All that is gibberish!

All I know is Dessalines!
I say : Thank you, dear father

You gave me life
My mother is your daughter
Young boys and young girls are your children
Thank you, Dessalines

My grandchildren are your children
King Dessalines, thank you

No need to mention our flag!
No need to evoke Archaie
And Gonaïves

We already mentioned it!
Who needs to hear it again?

October 17th requiem mass?
Who visits the cathedral?

The Minister’s speech?
Who will listen to it?

As far as I am concerned
I will say one word : thank you
Thank you Father Dessalines

Some do not know,
I must tell them
That without you we would not exist
Thank you, Father Dessalines

Let us finish with our Pater noster
Your Eminence, Dessalines is not dead

Stop speaking French, Minister
Dessalines will never die
Dessalines is amongst us
This man cannot die!

Dessalines is in my heart
Ready to fight

He’s watching

The day will come when Dessalines will rise
That day, everyone will know

We will know if Dessalines made
1804
Archaie
Crête-à-Pierrot
And Vertières
So our writers could write poetry
So our ministers could say speeches
So our priests could sing Te Deum
So Your Eminence could give absolution

Dessalines does not need absolution
All that Dessalines accomplished is respectable

One day Dessalines will rise
And shouts will come from the Caribbean sea
Asking : Where is he?
Dessalines took his weapons
Arrest him!
At that moment, we will hear his voice like thunder
At the signal: Decapitate them, burn their houses!
They will ask that he be arrested

Dessalines’ voice will already be on the air
Decapitate them, burn their houses!

In Harlem, Dessalines is putting the house in order
We will hear : Arrest him!

All the way to Dakar
All the way to Johannesburg
We will hear : where has Dessalines gone?
Decapitate them, burn their houses?
Dessalines does not need absolution
Dessalines does not need God’s forgiveness

On the contrary : Dessalines is God’s hand
Dessalines is God’s justice

He does not need Your Eminence’s Pater noster

Some men are requesting the White men’s excuses

Dessalines does not need these actions

For all Dessalines accomplished : Father Dessalines, thank you
For all he will do
I say : Thank you , Father Dessalines.

* Translated by Marie-Hélène Destiné
Source: Windowsonhaiti


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Defile Manman "Chimè"?
BY Jafrikayiti
www.jafrikayiti.com

Defile Manman "Chimè"?

Adye Bondye!
Nèg yo touye Dessalines.
Yo touye papa libète nou

yo wete inifòm Lanperè sou li
yo depatcha zepolèt li

yo rache dwèt men li
pou yo vòlò bag li.

Yo voye kout manchèt adwat,
kout manchèt agòch.

O graslamizèrikòd!

Men y ap trennen kadav Papa Nanchon an,
tankou yon vye sak ranyon,
yo lage li nan mitan lari Pòtoprens
pou moun anraje voye wòch sou li,
krache sou li, dezonore li.

O mezanmi gade yon krim san parèy!

Men kadav Lanperè blayi,
tankou kakas bèt ki mouri mò aksidan machin
sou gran chimen.

Depi gwo solèy midi,
kò li la l ap deperi.

Men solèy pral kouche
li la toujou,
nan mitan lari a.

Anfen !
Men yon Ayisyen ki sonje ki kalite san k ap koule nan venn li.

Men yon Ayisyen ki nan nòmal li.

Men yon fanm,
ansasen yo, dechoukè yo, anraje yo
pral konsidere kòm yon fanm fòl nan listwa.

Yon fanm ki gen fyèl
parèt demendepye
devan kadav Lanperè.

Li bese,
li ranmase sa ki ka ranmase

li benyen kò Papa Dessalines,
li beni li,
li kriye sou li.

Wi! mezanmi,
jou 17 oktòb 1806 sa a,
yon sèl Ayisyen ki pat pèdi bonnanj li,
yon fanm vanyan ki rele Defile
te monte nan tèt Mònatif
al antere Lanperè
Jean-Jacques Dessalines,
papa libète nou.

Mèsi Défilé,
daprèzavwa,
lè lamajorite te fin pèdi lòlòj yo,
oumenm sèl, ou te tèm
pou ou sove lonè Lanperè.

Jafrikayiti
Oktòb 2004
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Mèsi papa Desalin


Papa Desalin, mèsi
Chak fwa m’ santi sa-m ye
M’ di mèsi, Desalin
Chak fwa m’ tande youn nèg koloni
Ki poko lib pale
M’di: Desalin, mèsi
Se mwen k’ konnen sa ou ye pou mwen
Mèsi, papa Desalin
Si m’ youn nonm
Se pou m’ di : mèsi, Desalin
Si m’ ouvè je-m gade
Se gras a ou, Desalin
Si m’ leve tèt mwen pou m’ mache
Se gras a ou, Desalin
Chak fwa m’ gade lòt nèg
M’ di mèsi, Desalin
Lè m’ wè sa k’ ap pase lòt kote
M’ di: mèsi, Desalin
Lè m’ tande kèk nèg parèy mwen pale
M’ di: mèsi, papa Desalin
Se mwen k’ konnen sa ou ye pou mwen
Towo Desalin
Desalin, san mwen
Desalin, de grenn je-m
Desalin, zantray mwen
Se mwen k’ konnen
Se pou tout nèg di:
Mèsi Desalin
Se ou k’ montre nou chimen nou
Mèsi Desalin
Se ou k’ limyè nou
Desalin
Se ou ki ban–n tè n’ ap pile a
Syèl ki sou tèt nou an
Pyebwa, larivyè
Lanmè, letan, se ou
Desalin, se ou k’ ban-n solèy
Ki ban-n lalin
Ou ki ban-n sè, frè-n
Manman, papa-n, pitit nou
Se ou ki fè-n youn jan youn mannyè
Nou pa kou tout nèg
Si m' gade tout mounn nan je
Se ou k’ ap gade yo, Desalin
Se ou ki ban-n dlo pou n’ bwè
Ou ki ban-n manje pou n’ manje
Mèsi, papa Desalin.
Epi, se ou ki ban-n kay pou n’rete
Ou ki ban-n kote pou n’ fè jaden
Se ou k’ montre-n chante
Ou k’ montre-n di: non
Yo di gan nèg ki di: wi,wi.
Gan nèg ki di: yèssè
Ou montre-n di: non
Desalin, montre tout nèg
Tout nèg sou latè di: non
Mèsi, papa Desalin
Gan nèg ki vle esplike:
“Tan jodi pa tan pase
E ke wi alèkile
La fraternité humaine
L’ humanité, la civilisation”
Tou sa, se franse
Mwen menm, se Desalin m’ konnen
M’ di: mèsi, papa-m
Se ou k’ fè-m
Manman-m se pitit ou
Tigason, tifi, se pitit ou tou
Mèsi, Desalin
Pitit-pitit mwen, se pitit ou
Wa Desalin, mèsi
M’ pa bezwen pale pou drapo a!
Pa bezwen pale pou Lakayè
Pou Gonayiv!
Yo di sa deja
E ki mounn k’ ap tande sa ankò?
Mès rekwiyèm 17 oktòb?
Ki mounn ki pral Katedral?
Diskou Minis?
Ki mounn k’ap koute sa?
Men, sa m’ di la a
Se youn sèl mo: mèsi
Mèsi Desalin papa-m
Gan mounn ki pa konnen
Fò m’ di yo
San ou nou pa ta la a
Mèsi, papa Desalin
Epi, fini ak Patè Nostè-w la a
Monseyè, Desalin pa mouri
Ase pale franse, Minis
Desalin pap janm mouri
Desalin la
Nèg sa a ta ka mouri!
Desalin nan kè-m
Lam-o-pye
Desalin ap veye
Youn jou Desalin va leve
Jou sa a, nou tout n’ a konnen
N’ a konnen si 1804
N’ a konnen si Lakayè
N’ a konnen si Lakrèt-a-Pyewo
N’ a konnen si Vètyè
Desalin te fè tou sa
Pou ti nèg ekri powèm
Pou Minis fè diskou
Pou pè chante Te Deoum
Pou Monseyè bay labsout
Desalin pa bezwen labsout
Tou sa Desalin fè bon
Youn jou Desalin va leve
W’ a tande nan tout lanmè Karayib
Y’ape rele kote-l
Desalin pran lèzam
Arete-l
Lè a, w’ a tande vwa-l kon loray
Tout nèg koupe tèt boule kay
W’ a tande nnan tout Lamerik
Y’ ape rele: rete-l
Vwa Desalin deja an radyo
Koupe tèt boule kay
Nan tout "Harlem" Desalin ap mete lòd
W’ a tande: bare Desalin
Jouk "Dakar"
Jouk "Johannesburg"
W’ a tande: kote Desalin pase?
Koupe tèt boule kay
Desalin pa bezwen labsout
Pa bezwen padon Bondye
Okontrè: Desalin se bra Bondye
Desalin, se jistis Bondye
Pa bezwen Patè Nostè Monseyè
Ni eskiz nèg yo vle mande blan a yo
Desalin pa bezwen
Pou tou sa l’ fè m’ di: papa Desalin, mèsi
Pou tou sa l’ pral fè
M’ di: mèsi, papa Desalin

* Tèks sa a ekri daprè òtograf lwa 18 sektanm 1979 la.
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The Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network's Appeal for international support on the People of Haiti's right to
self-respect, self-determination and self-defense

We Haitian democracy activists have taken on ourselves a great task.
The Haitian people have been robbed again, not only of the wealth of our
country, and not only of the lives and livelihoods of our countrymen,
but of our sense of self-determination.

The very essence of being Haitian is the connection to those freedom fighters of the revolution who would not lie down and obey the men who claimed to be their masters. Today, Haiti is being ruled by a regime that was selected by foreign powers. The legitimate officials are in exile, in hiding, or in captivity.

All around, voices are telling us to suffer this indignity, to give up on our quest for self-governance, that somehow we are unfit to choose our own leaders or our own style of governance.

We utterly reject this pattern of thought. It is the mental slavery from which Bob Marley calls us to emancipate ourselves. For the average Haitian "This Song of Freedom" is truly all we have ever had. And now they want to take that too.

It is with this sense of insistence and urgency that we set forth our grievances and define our terms for reconciliation in the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Haiti Resolution. We ask that all Haitian democracy activists circulate this resolution, and address the issues and demands of the resolution to their own governments, and to the United Nations, which has the responsibility for protecting the right of self-determination. But most of all, we ask all solidarity groups who wish to sincerely help Haitians, to not just send their appeals to the UN, the US-installed government, the coup d'etat governments or Haiti Democracy Project's Timothy M. Carney. You're better off telling your next door neighbor about what they are not seeing on the conventional media about Haiti then simply telling the UN, US, Candadian officials (et al) what they already know and wish to hide behind the headlines. Kindly send appeals and background info to the MEDIA. Flood the U.S. local, national and international media with your concerns about the abuse, occupation, genocide and re-enslavement of the people of Haiti.
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/contactinformation/local-national-media.html

Remember letters of appeals to the media is a start, but political action, economic boycott and systemic and consistent public censure/exposure are essentially what pro-democracy Haitians are asking from solidarity groups. Please also do this by supporting our 7 Men Anpil Chay Pa Lou campaigns and boycotts.

The Haitian Lawyers Leadership Haiti Resolution:

1. Demand the return of constitutional rule to Haiti by restoring all
elected officials of all parties to their offices throughout the
country until the end of their mandates and another election is held, as
mandated by Haiti's Constitution;

2. Condemn the killings, illegal imprisonment and confiscation of the
property of supporters of Haiti's constitutional government and insist
that Haiti's illegitimate "interim government" immediately cease its
persecution and put a stop to persecution by the thugs and murderers from sectors in their police force, from the paramilitaries, gangs and former soldiers;

3. Insist on the immediate release of all political prisoners in
Haitian jails, including Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, Interior Minister Privert
and other constitutional government officials and folksinger-activist Sò
Anne;

4. Insist on the disarmament of the thugs, death squad leaders and
convicted human rights violators and their prosecution for all crimes committed during the attack on Haiti's elected government and support the rebuilding of Haiti's police force, ensuring that it excludes anyone who helped to overthrow the democratically elected government or who participated in other human rights violations;

5. Stop the indefinite detention and automatic repatriation of Haitian
refugees and immediately grant Temporary Protected Status to all
Haitian refugees presently in the United States until democracy is restored to Haiti; and

6. Support the calls by the OAS, CARICOM and the African Union for an
investigation into the circumstances of President Aristide's removal.
Support the enactment of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's T.R.U.T.H Act
which calls for U.S. Congressional investigation of the forcible removal of
the democratically elected President and government of Haiti.


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HLLN's controvesy
with Marine
Spokesman
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US occupiers
Lt. Col. Dave Lapan faces off with the Network
International
Solidarity Day Pictures & Articles
May 18, 2005
Pictures and Articles Witness Project
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Controversy with Marine Spokesman|
US occupiers

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Yvon Neptune's
Letter From Jail
Pacot
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April 20, 2005

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Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme - on "Wanted poster" of suspects wanted by the Haitian police.
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Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme speaks:
Radio Lakou New York, April 4, 2005 interview with Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme
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The
Crucifiction of
Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme,
a historical
perspective

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Urgent Action:
Demand a Stop
to the Killings
in Cite Soleil

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Sample letters &
Contact info

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Denounce Canada's role in Haiti: Canadian officials Contact Infomation
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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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