[News] UN massacre in Haiti, demands an end to the killing
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Mon Jul 11 08:38:07 EDT 2005
Haiti Action Committee condemns UN massacre in Haiti, demands an end to the
The Haiti Action Committee today condemned a July 6 massacre of Haitian
civilians in Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince carried out by UN "peacekeepers".
Dave Welsh, a delegate with the San Francisco Labor Council who was in
Haiti as part of a labor/human rights delegation, said, "This full-blown
military attack on a densely-populated neighborhood, which multiple sources
confirm killed at least 23 people, is a crime." Published estimates
indicate that upwards of 50 may have been killed and an indeterminate
number wounded, and that more than 300 heavily armed UN troops took part in
the assault on the neighborhood.
The attack took place in Cite Soleil, an extremely poor area that is
staunchly supportive of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Aristide
was forced from office by the U.S. embassy in collusion with U.S.-backed
paramilitaries on February 29, 2004 and is now in exile in South Africa.
Seth Donnelly, a California teacher with the same delegation, visited the
scene of the massacre and spoke to traumatized survivors of the attack.
"This operation started early Wednesday morning at 3am, with Jordanian and
other troops on foot and in tanks and helicopters with machine gun turrets.
It was a full-scale attack. Survivors told us that when they saw UN troops
they felt that, unlike Haitian police, they would not fire on civilians,
but that the 'peacekeepers' soon began shooting into houses and at civilians. "
The Labor/Human Rights Delegation from the United States, sponsored by the
San Francisco Labor Council, had been in Haiti since late June to attend
the Congress of the Confederation of Haitian Workers (CTH), the country's
largest labor organization, and met with hundreds of Haitian workers,
farmers and professionals, interviewing scores of them about the current
labor and human rights crisis in Haiti.
Pierre Labossiere of the Haiti Action Committee noted, "MINUSTAH [The
United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti] apologized to the Haitian
police for its delayed arrival on the scene of an incident where two
Haitian police officers were killed on May 22, but it has never once
apologized for any of the many documented instances where UN troops killed
Haitian civilians. This latest attack, in which people in their homes and
on the way to work were killed for no reason, is beyond the pale. Such
atrocities must not be accepted by the international community. Those
responsible for these killings of civilians must be brought to trial."
Labossiere concluded that the U.S.Embassy should immediately refrain from
more statements which provide a "green light" for slaughter of civilians.
"By recently calling grassroots activists 'gang members' and 'terrorists',
U.S. Ambassador James Foley sent a signal that it's open season on
civilians. This is especially Orwellian, since the real terrorists in Haiti
are the UN troops, the Haitian police and the paramilitaries who are
killing civilians. Under its most recent mandate, the UN has supervision of
the Haitian police. But instead of stopping the killing of civilians, the
UN is stepping up the slaughter," said Labossiere.
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