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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.
Daddy, its goats or pigs that I have seen cut up before. How come they are
cutting up people now? (Exclamation of a traumatized young Haitian boy
watching the Grand Ravine Massacre on Sunday, August 21, 2005)
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
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
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
HLLN Haitian Investigator: When they came back, they attacked people inside
their house and anybody they found in the neighborhood. Soon, youll 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 its 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
Mrs. Coicou [Latortues 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
Ezili Danto: OK. Corridor Bastia, is it part of Solino
HLLN Haitian Investigator: Corridor Bastia, its the extension of Rue
Tiremasse. It extends all the way to Nazon. Its one of the two longest
streets in Port-au-Prince. Corridor Bastia is one, the other one is Rue
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
HLLN Haitian Investigator: Yes, the police took them away from MINUSTHA,
released them and gave them new machetes!
HLLN Haitian Investigator: 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 conferences 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)
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Radio Commentary on the Soccer Match Massacre
and UN complicity in the killings
Ezili Danto Witness Project
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
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. Coicous 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 fools 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.
Urgent: Help Prevent Further Massacres in Haiti!
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.
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 Haitis 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.
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
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
"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."
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.
Gatineau, Québec, Canada
Canada Haiti Action Network
(English Translation of an AUMOHD report)
5000 Soccer Fans Witness Machete/Hatchet Lynching by Haitian Police and
by Tom Luce with AUMOHD investigators
Aug. 25 Port-Au-Prince
(*captions to attached photos printed below article)
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
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
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.
#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
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
(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
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 :
# 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
# 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 dun important homme daffaires en relation avec
les cas de kidnapping enregistrés à Port-au-Prince
Arrestation dun important homme daffaires en relation avec
les cas de kidnapping enregistrés à Port-au-Prince
La police a procédé mardi à Port-au-Prince à larrestation dun
important homme daffaires haïtien dorigine arabe, M. Stanley Handal,
en relation avec la série dactes 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 lenquête ouverte autour de la disparition dun
employé de la UNIBANK, Nathael Aléus Génélus (31 ans) depuis le 2 août
dernier après une interpellation dont il a été lobjet au sous
commissariat de police de Delmas 62. Linspecteur de police responsable
de ce sous-commissariat, James Bourdeau, est encore activement
recherché pour implication présumée dans lenlèvement de M. Génélus.
Selon des sources policières, lenquête autour de la disparition de
lemployé de la UNIBANK aurait permis à la police de découvrir
lexistence dun vaste et puissant réseau de malfaiteurs impliqués dans
le blanchiment dargent de la drogue, les actes de kidnapping et
dautres activités louches.
Lhomme daffaires Stanley Handal et lemployé de banque Génélus,
feraient partie du réseau. Il aurait fallu le déploiement dimportantes
forces de police pour lappréhender, indiquent les sources contactées
par Kiskeya. La police civile de lONU (CIVPOL) a également participé à
Aucune précision na pu être obtenue sur le sort de lemployé de
banque, de même que sur celui de linspecteur de police James Bourdeau.
Après une période daccalmie, une certaine recrudescence des actes de
kidnapping est constatée à Port-au-Prince avec une tendance à
lextension du phénomène à dautres quartiers jusquici épargnés.
Un canadien, un haïtien résidant aux Etats-Unis et un haut cadre de la
Direction Générale des Impôts ont été tués en moins dune semaine à
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