'If they shoot at us, they are doomed.
If they don't shoot at us, they are doomed!'
by Ezili Dantò
Haitian people, without arms, allies or financial resources where
so inspired by their Vodun gods and goddesses and the powers of
their ancestors that, led by the warrior goddess, Ezili Dantò, and
after 300-years of slavery, they decided to "live free or die"
- liberte ou lamo! and set themselves free in Haiti, defeating
all the mighty European powers of that time - France, Spain and
England in combat."
“Si yo tire sou nou, yo pran. Si yo pa tire sou nou, yo pran.”
(“If they shoot at us, they are doomed, and if they don’t
shoot at us, they are doomed. They cannot win.”)
That was the chant of the people of Bel Air on Friday, March 4, as they
took to the streets just a few days after the official Haitian police,
in plain site of UN troops and the international media, killed, beat
and tear-gased unarmed demonstrators.
Friday’s demonstration drew 10 times more people than the last
Feb. 28 on the first anniversary of the coup, and was one of the first
peaceful demonstrations in Haiti since the coup d’état,
because this time the UN troops forbade the Haitian police from coming
anywhere NEAR the people!
Haitians have a saying: “Twou manti pa fon,” that
is, “A lie cannot hide too far” or “No lie lies forever.”
Or, to paraphrase this same idea, as stated by Dr. Martin Luther King,
who meant to say it but since he did not speak kreyòl, he said:
“Truth crushed to earth will rise again.”
Tens of thousands of Haitians throughout the poor neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince
took to the streets Friday to denounce their repression by the U.S.-imposed
regime and its murderous Haitian police, ex-soldiers, paid mercenaries
and insane assassins.
It is absolutely incredible the courage of the noble Haitian masses.
Unbowed, unbroken. As old Haitians often say, “We may fold, but
we cannot break.”
The people of Bel Air, in the spirit of the Ancestors, in the spirit
of Kapwa Lamò (Capois Lamort), as their comrades fall, slaughtered
like animals, while the world looks away, they don’t stop standing
up for their dignity, don’t hesitate to stand in front of bullets
and the overwhelming force of France, Canada and the United States.
Like Kapwa Lamò, the people of Bel Air, Site Soley, Site de Dye,
all throughout Haiti, they are teaching the world that the people of
Haiti, just as they showed us on Friday, cannot be stopped.
of Vètyè on Nov. 18, 1803, was the turning
point in the Haitian revolution. It was the last battle for us, the
one that won us our liberty after 300 years of European enslavement.
After Napoleon’s army was defeated by Haitians that day, the French
general, Rochmambeau, negotiated his safe conduct out.
At the battle of Vètyè, the Africans faced 10,000 French
soldiers. Our people were outnumbered, outgunned. Yet these, our glorious
Ancestors, these poor, illiterate, starving and enslaved Africans defeated
the most powerful Euro army of that time.
Kapwa Lamò was a Haitian soldier in Dessaline’s army who
distinguished himself so well at the battle of Vètyè that
today his name has become synonymous with Haitians’ indomitable
courage and will.
At the battle of Vètyè, bullets killed Kapwa Lamò’s
horse. He continued on foot. Bullets shot off his hat. He continued
charging forward. French canon fire tossed him many feet in the air.
He got up and continued on foot as the canon booms paved his advance.
Finally Napoleon’s General Rochambeau raised a flag for a pause
and sent his compliments to the “valiant general who has just
covered himself in such glory.”
AYIBOBO pou Kapwa Lamò. AYIBOBO pou the people of Bel Air, Site
Soley, Cap Haitien and everywhere that Haitians are resisting the morally
repugnant elite’s tyranny, police force, Apaid-paid gangs, ex-military
and Euro-U.S. re-colonization and occupation. AYIBOBO.
In our present Haitian history, as played out Friday in Haiti’s
sunbaked and blood drenched streets, as we continue forward on our long
walk to freedom, the enemy cannot get to the engine that is the heart
of Haiti. They may destroy our bodies, kidnap our president, criminalize
our youth, slaughter resisters. They may have destroyed the car this
hellish 2004-year, but as Haitians on the streets moving forward with
just pure will are saying: THE ENGINE that is Ayiti IS STILL RUNNING.
It took more than 10,000 Haitian deaths before the UN would admit that
it is U.S.-backed Latortue’s so-called “police” who
are killing the people and not the “chimères.” Feb.
28, 2005, cost us five precious lives, plus 15 to 20 wounded. All the
world watched as the Haitian police opened fire on unarmed demonstrators.
Even UN soldiers, generally complicit in the killing of 10,000 Haitians
in 2004, finally admitted, for the first time, they cannot be silent.
Bush’s lies in Haiti are beginning to unravel.
Yet that official liar of the U.S.-backed regime, a certain Mme. Coicou,
even with international press pictures plainly showing Haitian police
shooting at demonstrators, actually moved her mouth around to press
out the sounds saying, “No shots were fired at unarmed demonstrators"
by Latortue’s police force on Feb. 28, 2005.
It is these sorts of outrageous, shameful lies that led us to the 2004
coup d’état, and these coup d’état instigators
are still vainly hoping to stay in power through force, lies, fraudulent
elections and bamboozling the world. But as the people of Bel Air, Site
Soley, Delmas 2, Martissant and the other poor neighborhoods are saying:
“The demands of the Haitian people will not be denied. If they
shoot at us, they are doomed, and if they don’t shoot at us, they
Ezili Dantò Esq., is the founder and president of the Haitian Lawyers
Leadership Network and the Free Haiti Movement. Email her at Erzilidanto@yahoo.com and visit her
website at www.ezilidanto.com .