Coup D'etat People
July 29, 2005
Ezili Danto on
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libelous statements about Pres. Aristide and the People of Haiti causes
pro-democracy groups to demand his resignation.
Hello Coup D’etat people,
Listen, as a courtesy, I'd like you coup d'etat folks to know I have
stopped reading your hate mail. Whatever I get from you folks from now
is going directly back in the "Vermine Mail" folder unread.
Why? Because the level of your conversations are too disingenuous to
be productive. This so-called financial report of the Aristide Foundation
is just another one of your distractions.
But most importantly, our fundamental premises are very different.
You coup d'etat Haitian folk are not the central enemy to Haiti's sovereignty
and redemption. You play an important colonial role, yes.
But you're the simple servant. The emperor is pulling your strings.
Why deal with the hapless servant when change will only come by empowering
the masses to convince the "master" his policies won't work.
I wrote, in 2003:
"...if we-Haitians don't try to understand and simply allow the
Powers-that-be to use our skin color against us by using the Black
opportunist to carry out White rule; if we coddle white peoples'
psyches, in general, by continuing to analyze and work at the level
the roles of category ZERO (Apaid, Philippe, Latortue, Boulos, Baker,
Lucas, Latortue...), and don’t realize that if that’s all
we are about we let the Man Category ONE- Foley/Noriega/US/Canada/France...)
off scot-free and THAT, that
plainly amounts to a DEFENSE of his throne; a defense of Category ONE,
who ascended to its throne through shedding our African blood for
centuries and by His “Manifest Destiny,” “Restoring
Democracy,” “War on
Drugs,” “War on terrorism,” “free trade,”
et cetera. Or, as Rumsfeld
claims, the US is policing the world by endowment from God! If
we-Haitians don't develop the strategy necessary to stop the sham in
its tracks at its roots not its branches; if we refuse to make the Man
step up to the majority, not work through Category ZERO to oppress us,
then what can I say,…. " (The feudal lords and addressing
Mbeki" at http://www.haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=602#602)
To my mind, Haiti's root problem is not about "Haitian fratricide",
black-on-black street crime, or "Aristide's corruption" when
he was in office. That's just the cover ups. The sham.
The root of Haiti's current problems comes from the Bush Administration's
idea that if they don't like an elected government like Aristide's they
can go to a Black opportunists, like Apaid, Philippe, Boulos, Baker,
Lucas, Latortue, et al, and through these "Haitian faces"
justify presto, pronto, a form of extraordinary rendition/kidnapping.
Haiti's elected President is on a plane to Central Africa!
Our question is how can the People of Haiti trust in elections as a
means for change in Haiti after this? Trust U.S. officials in Haiti,
ever again? For historically and especially with the bicentennial coup
d'etat, the U.S. has proven there is no lengths it won't go through
to deny the Black vote its weight. So, how can said same officials be
now asking that Haitians go to elections!
If we go to elections, what is our guarantee there won't be another
Feb. 29, 2004? You see, it's not about Haitian infighting. It's about
the U.S. beheading Haitian democracy and an already fledging justice
apparatus and always leaving the masses in more misery than before their
intervention. And, now they are, through the UN, yap boule kay,
that is, they are burning Haiti down, purging it of any remnants of
the Lavalas Movement or any sort of bottom-up, grassroots peoples' movement
for social change and economic parity for the greater Haitian majority.
Those are the realities. Even though they have been made invisible by
the various distractions, like the embedded mass media's' concentration
on "chimeres," "gangs violence", "insecurity"
and opportunistic criminality. And now the tragic black elites want
to use this Jack
Roches death spin, and this "Aristide's foundation was
looting the state" spin, as new handles to re-energies their falling,
crashing coup d'etat balloon.
But the people are very clear as to what/who is responsible for the
arrests and killings today in Haiti. It is not Aristide's old foundation
that is pulling the trigger killing Haitians and imprisoning Haitians,
like Catholic priest, father Gèrard Jean-Juste.
It is not Haitian infighting. No authentic Haitianist agenda for peace
and justice to rein in Haiti may be set by that premise.
We stand firm on the premise that the February, 29 2004 coup d'etat
was orchestrated and carried out by the US, France and Canada with the
Haitian minority re-imaged as "civil society" providing these
neo-colonist with their "out" or "plausible deniability"
clause and giving a "Haitian face" to the structural and physical
violence ragingin Haiti today.
We've indicated publicly over and over again to the Haiti Democracy
Project/Ron Daniels/Leslie Voltaire contingent, that their premise is
fraudulent. Haitian infighting could not have attained this sort of
violence in Haiti because the CIA-FRAPH group (paramilitary, former
soldiers and their various civilian-paid thugs) had been demobilized
by the Aristide government back in 1994-95. The 8 to 10% of the Haitian
population that make up the Foley-acolyte-class would and could never
have made a DENT on destabilizing the Lavalas governments, keeping them
at impasse for ten years with their attempted coup d'etats, misinformation
on levels of corruption, their parallel government, et al and on Haitian
underdevelopment in general, without the awesome sponsorship of the
international community (US, France, Canada) US Embassy, USAID, NDI,
IRI, NED, IFES, IDB, World Bank, European Union, OAS, et al. These organizations
and three governments are the "respondeat superiors" so to
speak here. The intellectual authors of the bi-centennial coup d'etat
and current violence in Haiti.
Thus, we are clear. It is not Haitian infighting that makes Haiti this
often bandied about "failed state." At least 90% of Haiti's
people are in agreement about the coup d'etat - that is, get along just
fine with one another. We're a nation. But, 1). today, they, the masses
in Haiti have no representative seating on the throne at the National
Palace and 2). the premise that they whose representatives were oustered
are the enemy of the Haitian state is subterfuge for terrorizing them
so they never take back the throne in Haiti. The point is, those who
represent the majority in Haiti are outside the doors of Ron
Daniel's and Denise Codere's "No-Haitian-Voters-No-Problem"
symposiums in Washington, Atlanta or Montreal. At these tables, the
masses in Haiti are being denied their vote, their inalienable right
to self-determination; even to participate in setting the agenda for
these meetings about them; denied the right to participate in the decisions
of their own life and livelihood.
But Noreiga's envoy was there in Atlanta on July 22-23, 2005, with the
imposed Minister of Justice, Dorlèans, having an insiders' "honest
dialogue" with mostly the 8% group 184 coup d'etat folks they wish
defined Haiti. This is structural violence perpetrated by the "beautiful
people," (the "PHD's?). It's the opposite of what's meant
by "honest", "communication," "dialogue,"
"of the people, for the people by the people" or "Haitians
from all sectors working together." Far front it. It underscores
Yet, twou menti pa fon: the 90% invisible
Haitian masses continue to peacefully demonstrate and mobilize to live
free or die fighting for their vote and human rights to be respected.
They can kill us metaphorically at their meetings like we don't exist,
dehumanize and minimize us by calling us "Lavalas chimeres",
or, literally in Site Soley with absolute impunity. The truth remains
clear, the fundamental issue in Haiti is not Haitian fratricide but
Haitian genocide as practice by the Western powers with the cutthroat
black middlemen, Category Zeros (no good marks, completely zero
barè en Kreyol).
It is the systemic and entrenched foreign policies of the former slaveholders
named above and now Canada.
If, the 90% of Haitians who work hard to live free and develop self-reliance
and economic democracy where left to face the 8 to 10% fascists, racist
Group 184, the black opportunists and their FRAPH/former military men,
the people of Haiti would have been done defeating them hands down,
perhaps have even integrated them into society as productive members
instead of the consistent parasites and fomenters of violence their
ilk are and have always been for centuries in Haiti. The courageous
and principled peoples of Haiti would have already move on to our collective
developmental issues and made progress, further institutionalized the
rule of law and constitution rule.
As it is, the U.S. with the help of their (Blan peyi black opportunists
and so-called Haitian intellectuals) sells the world the idea that "those
incompetent Haitians can't stop fighting, won't talk to each other,
are irreversibly polarized and innately violent." Ron Daniels and
the Haiti Democracy Project/group 184 people sell this packaged merchandise
to the world and couch the 2004 coup d'etat problem in terms of a matter
of reconciliation of the "fighting Haitians!" The truth is
the opposite. This is a spin. It's not representative of Haiti's historical
realities or current realities. Thus any agenda set by it, is not the
people of Haiti's agenda but that of, for these times, the US/Canada/France
and the proxies they work through (Kofi Anan, Gerard Latortue, Guy Phillipe,
Voltaire, Haiti Democracy Project/Group 184, K- Plum, Danny Toussaint,
Stanley Lucas, FNH, PCA, et al).
Feb. 29, 2004 the US/France/Canada came to save their acolytes in Haiti
which they had invested much money into for 10-years since 1994. Feb.
29 was not about corking the bloodshed for the masses, only the acolytes
and their patrons, affiliates and supporters in Haiti. None of these
folks are getting killed en mass. It's Lavalas that is getting slaughtered
and put in jail. It's Lavalas, Black hope, life and Ginen culture being
decimated and the rich that Latortue gave tax breaks to upon ascendancy
to his stolen palace seat in Haiti. Now, this imposed Haitian government
is even saying they've put father Jean-Juste in jail "for his own
protection!" See, how surreal! cause in their world of lies and
denials, everything is upside down. Yet, today even after 18-months,
with all the killings of the Lavalas Movement, social programs and peoples,
with the concentration camp they've made of Site Soley and Bel Air,
this minority in Haiti, these Noreiga/Foley/Moreno acolytes still have
NO legitimacy since they never represented the masses in Haiti. The
Lavalas Movement is still the strongest FORCE with the people of Haiti.
It touches their soul where Boulos, Apaid, Baker, Stanley Lucas, Leslie
Voltaire, Ron Daniels, and now even Andrew Young (whom they are trying
to rope onto their sides) can never reach.
So, now the Ron Daniels/Haiti Democracy Project people are busy tryin'
to push the masses to reconcile with the injustices metered out by the
US/France/Canada, desperately trying, through UN operations like the
July 6, 2005 Site Soley massacres to quiet down the people and force
them to stop resisting the rule of the minority elite on behalf of the
neoliberal Washington Consensus contingent. They are so desperate, they
want to use Andrew Young as "US emissary" to the Congressional
Black Caucus ("CBC"), African Union and Caricom, to convince
these organizations which have stood with the masses and principles
of democracy for these 18th months, to recognize and therefore legitimize
the US regime change in Haiti.
But, these appeals are for naught. Neither the CBC, Caricom nor the
African Union can confer legitimacy on the innately illegitimate. Only
the Haitian people can confer legitimacy to their rulers. They chose
him, he's still their president. They still recognize him and would
REJOICE en masse if he, instead of Foley had been occupying the National
Palace on March 1, 2004.
The US/France/Canada, especially Noriega* and Foley, whose careers are
hanging in the balance here as their Haiti terrorizing campaign falls
apart, still refuse to see that nothing can legitimize this coup d'etat.
That the people of Haiti will not be forced into meekly saying thank
you for being ruled by people with guns, who humiliate, dehumanize and
spread lies about them.
All the hullabaloo about financial corruption in the Aristide government
is so totally beside the point. First off, the Paul Denis report is
as suspect as Paul Denis and the illegitimate government he helped bring
to power. Nothing that comes out of this corrupted and rotten tree or
branch is a good fruit. Period, no comma.
Second, no democracy on this planet is totally free of corruption. Everyone
knows that. The US knows that. The years of the Lavalas governments
were not picnics for all decent Haitians. I know. Because I spent some
of them trying to institutionalize the rule of laws, participatory democracy
and transparency and, frankly we weren't making a dent. What I remember
very clearly about those days is that it was the US Ambassador who said
the Haitian Lawyers Leadership had no place in Haiti because we were
"non-governmental." That is, non-US-governmental, did not
WORK FOR THE UNITED STATES or its NGOs so therefore we had a "conflict
of interests." That is our story in Haiti. So, we've always known
who the BOSS was and it wasn't, at least when I was there, the months
after the 1994 return, President Aristide. He had returned behind U.S.-plexi
glass!. But that story is well documented and is even the basis of my
work as a performance artist these years since then. (See, the RBM
Video Reel at http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/rbmqt.html
; Kenbe La!:Crossings of a Vodun-Roots Woman at http://www.margueritelaurent.com/writings/kenbe_la.html
and, The Red, Black & Moonlight monologue
series at http://www.margueritelaurent.com/writings/rbm.html)
Still, even though lots was left to be desired under the Lavalas rule,
(See, for instance, Ezili Danto's concerns about the free trade zone
written on Aug. 6, 2003 at "Aristide's Betrayal: US Free Zone displaces
and "Popular leader does not always herald in progress" http://www.haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=717#717
) but there was electoral democracy, people could speak without
worry of filling up the jails as it is now and there was a legitimate
social contract with the masses, a foundation, a place to stand from
and move forward from.
Now we are in quicksand. Sinking deeper and deeper. The body count and
State terror is horrific, even worst than under Duvalier. The corruption
is for REAL. I mean, not USAID-democracy-enhancement-program-magnified
and fabricated and over-exaggerated. There's Youri
Latorture’s criminal embarrassments, the imposed government's
complicity in the Feb. 19, 2005 "prison break", the illegal
arms sales, the drug trafficking, the state-organized kidnappings, the
Jerry Narsiuses and Dorvils, the UN/MINUSTHA soldiers rape of Haitian
women and girls, the selling off without the people's permission of
State assets to foreigners, the accumulation of DEBT with no benefit
to the public good, the rice scandal, the counterfeit monies scandal
within the Haitian consulate in the Dominican Republic, the summary
executions, the men-in-black-return-of-CIA/FRAPH, the stealing of aid
monies, not, not to mention the fact that every single official in the
Bush regime-change government is ILLEGITIMATE and bought their position
for cash or as rewards for their coup d'etat "good works."
Thus, they are essentially accountable to no one. Definitely not to
the Haitian masses whose votes they summarily discounted. There's the
more than 10,000 dead in one year - the sacred year of 2004 no less!;
there's the 1,000 illegally imprisoned, repression of journalists and
denial of freedom of the press and speech by the "Wise," the
recent persecution of Radyo Solidarite's owner, the back pay to the
demobilized army, the reversing of the Raboteau verdict, the acquittal
of Louis Jordel Chamblain in a sham trial, the destruction of literacy
programs, health clinics, youth TV/radio stations, schools, public parks
for the people's enjoyment, the museum in Port au Prince, the medical
Who's primarily responsible? Who's the respondeat superior? (For Ezili
Danto's analysis of applicability of "Respondeat Superior"
theory in Haiti, see July 27, 2003 post "Mawonaj resistance - Addressing
Mbeki " at http://www.haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=663#663
; See also "Look at three oldest Black Republics to find the Blueprint"
Who's primarily responsible? No. Not the Haitian opportunist. Not Haitian
infighting. Not black-on-black street crime. For the Category Zeros
(the Black opportunists) in this Feb. 29, 2004 coup d'etat circus are
just the retainers, employees, the toys in the circus. If the circus
master waives his baton, these animals would simply heed, or eventually
lose steam and let the people live. The killings of Lavalas and arbitrary
arrests would stop tomorrow. But that is not the intention of the ringmasters,
owners, operators and kingmakers in Haiti.
So, my coup d'etat folks, I can't continue to have a conversation with
ya'll cause you all are not representative of the majority of Haiti.
Your power comes from the Kolon, the circus master. It's not
authentic power but vicarious power. A master/servant, principle/agent
thing. And no circus tricks, Ron Daniels "No-Voters-No-Problem"
symposium, no crocodile tears and haranguing Lavalas about Jacques Roche's
death, no arbitrary arrests, indefinite detention, summary execution
of Lavalas, fancy jacket or top hat will hide the ringmasters baton
here directing this coup d’etat show.
When he tells you to jump. Ya'll coup d’etat playthings jump through
the hoops. He says "stay," ya'll stay. He claps. You all clap
your hands. He says go kill. You go kill the people of Site Soley, Bel
Air, Solino, Fort National, Gran Ravin. He says arrest Jean Juste and
don’t release Yvon Neptune until after the “(s)elections”
and you say “yessah massah.” "I be good massah, not
them chimeres, massah." When he’s ready to return
Aristide, you’re ready. And the beat goes on, and on and on and
on. Thus, there's no point in going to the poor tragic elite and Pepe-educated
intellectual classes in Haiti and abroad for change in Haiti. Ginen-Haitians,
decent Haitians from all walks of life, must come look collectively
and give voice to the fundamental and structural problems of Haiti and
Fundamentally, US foreign policy reps and their NGOs underdevelop Haiti
and uses the black economic elites or any black opportunists (Colin
Powell, Condi Rice, Kofi-n Annans, Ron Daniels, The Apaids, the Toto
Constants, the Guy Phillipes, Stanley Lucas', Boulos, Baker, a Brazilian
general even) as their "hommes-des-main" to get their work
done. The Haitian masses must get an international, worldwide acknowledgement
of that fundamental problem before Haitians may truly participate in
their own lived realities and assure that if the masses go to elections
again in Haiti there won’t be another February 29 because the
US doesn’t like the results! That’s the fundamental pwoblèm
my coup d’etat folks. It's not primarily about Haitian infighting
or Aristide's corruption or black-on-black ghetto crime.
It's about Mr-Let's-Hoard-it-all who wishes to make the Haitian masses
a backdrop in their own land for US tourist vacations, Burger King,
Halliburton; to make Haiti only a "market" making a 1,000%
profit in investment for Euro/US citizens because in the US/Euro mainlands
the customary and legal profit margins are barely 7%, 25%- no where
as lucrative as when Dessaline's lands and labor forces are exploited
without Haitian recourse to a representative government in place. It's
about keeping that paradigm and not letting the Lavalas Movement or
hope change it, so that Cuba and Venezuela would get bad ideas, inspiration
and encouragement to continue their social policies.
It's not about Haitian infighting, not about category zero - the Black
opportunist (See, Ezili Danto post, dated July 15, 2003 where these
categories are defined in "The feudal lords and addressing Mbeki"
So, my people. I am out. Y'all coup d'etat folks are just as oppressed
as the masses in Haiti. But you just deny it. That why the astute call
you the TRAGIC black elite. Suffering from a mutilated double consciousness,
your very existence depends on denying your own self-interests. (See,
Ezili Danto's "It's Not In The Past - The Blueprint is still being
followed", particularly Section entitled, "The Making of the
Tragic Black Elite/Understanding the complexities" dated July 27,
As I wrote back in 2003 in the post "The
feudal lords and addressing Mbeki ":
"if we spend our time looking at the feudal lords (i.e. Latortue/Apaid/Group
184/ Guy Phillipe/Colin Powell/Condi Rice/Kofi-n Annan) ruling by decree
instead of dethroning the divine kings who either anointed the Black
opportunist to rule or forced their legitimately people-centered rule
into something else - a deafening silence on the people’s-social
justice needs - if we want to put all accountability in one basket and
refuse to see the respondeat superior, than we well deserve our fate.
But it's not about ME or the WE on this Forum, its about our suffering
Haitian peoples, poor men - women and children, even our (indefinitely
detained) imprisoned (Haitian) toddlers
in the US, with no voice. It's about them. So, I say, it's
way, way, way past time for 'successful' Haitians to hear M’beki’s
clarion call. It’s time, we used 'the foundry of our knowledge'
bases and access to history to look beyond the veil and confront the
central enemy and thereby break His white-death-grip. It’s time
we became the masters of our fate, the captains of our souls and thereby
truly helpful to our Haitian masses. "
July 29, 2005
La rouze fè banda toutan soley pa leve!
“Dje blan-yo mande krim. Bon Dje ki nan
nou-an vle byen fè.” (Boukmann at Bwa Kayiman, August 14,
*Miami Herald reports on
Sat. July 30, 2005, Noreiga has resigned!!!
See, Noreiga mus go: HLLN
demands Noreiga resignation on June 24, 2005, at:http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/noreigago.html
l. See. HLLN Statement:
Ron Daniels' Coup D'etat Disinformation campaign to continue at July
22-24, 2005 'No Haitian Voters, No Problem, Symposium, Part 2| Haitian
Perspectives by Marguerite Laurent July 13, 2005
2. See also, Ron Daniels
and the Haiti Support Project is at it again...http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/danielsatitagain.html
3. HLLN's Open Letter Demanding
a Stop to UN Slaughter of Haitian Civilians in Site Soleil, Haiti |
Haitian Perspectives by Marguerite Laurent July 21, 2005
4. HLLN Statement: Jack
Roche's Kidnapping and death used by US-backed "Council of the
Wise" and Coup D'etat regime to criminalize Lavalas: Pretext for
cracking down more on the poor masses and to justify upcoming sham elections
| Haitian Perspectives by Marguerite Laurent July 17, 2005
5 . Noreiga's attack on President Aristide and the People of Haiti causes
pro-democracy Haitians to demand his resignation | Haitian Perspectives
by Marguerite Laurent July 24, 2005
6. Deliver this Letter
to Lula: Open Letter to President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva of Brazil
from New York Haitians | Haitian Perspectives by Marguerite Laurent
July 28, 2005. http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/lulaletter.html
7. Have the Latortues Kidnapped
Democracy in Haiti? by Anthony Fenton| ZNet | June 26, 2005 http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/kidnapdemo.html
Solidarity Day Pictures & Articles
May 18, 2005
and Articles Witness Project
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Wilme - on "Wanted poster" of suspects wanted by the
"Dread" Wilme reported killed July 6, 2005
"Dread" Wilme speaks:
Radio Lakou New York, April 4, 2005 interview with Emmanuel "Dread"
Alert- Demand a Stop to Killings
in Cite Soleil:
Sample letters and Contact information provided, April 21, 2005
Crucifiction of Emmanuel
Peralte - The old Bandit King of Haiti
* In 1919 the US murdered him and put the body on public display
Urge the Caribbean Community to stand firm in not recognizing
the illegal Latortue regime:
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