UG group solid with Haiti
Thursday, May 19th 2005
University of Guyana African Cultural Development Association Chairperson Safiya Varswyck (second from right) and Secretary of UGACDA Shabikie Fernandes (right) along with students of COLACO (Centre of Learning and Afro-Centric Organisation) picketing out
The University of Guyana African Cultural & Development Association (UGACDA) yesterday took part in the International Day of solidarity with Haiti.
By way of a press release UGACDA said that in association with the Global Afrikan Congress (GAC) Guyana, it had sponsored an International Day of solidarity with Haiti on May 18.
The group, mobilised support from UGACDA, Red Thread, women from Sophia, Buxton, and various villages along the East Coast of Demerara to stage a picketing exercise in front of the United Nations Building on Brickdam yesterday. One of UGACDA's organisers Maxie Fox told Stabroek News, "we see ourselves as a part of the struggle the Haitian people are enduring."
The day according to a UGACDA press release was endorsed by the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network and co-sponsored by a network of university students, human rights activists, Haiti solidarity organizations, progressive radio and press outlets, reparation organisations and the global African community from the Caribbean, U.S., Canada, France, Latin America and Africa.
The picket was organised to support the "Haitian Lawyers' leadership Haiti Resolution that demands a 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 until another election is held.