[News] Massacres continue in Haiti, Protest on July 21, 2001

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San Francisco ­ Assemble 4 pm Powell & Market (Powell St BART), March at 
4:30 pm down Market Street to rally at Brazilian Consulate General, 300 
Montgomery, till 6 pm



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URGENT ACTION REQUESTED: DEMAND A STOP TO THE SLAUGHTER OF HAITIAN CIVILIANS
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/campaigns/campaignone/presswork/Protectcitesoleil.html

DENOUNCE THE SLAUGHTER OF HAITIAN CIVILIANS, EVEN OF PREGNANT WOMEN AND 4 
and 5-year old toddlers, BY UN TROOPS IN HAITI:
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/campaigns/campaignone/presswork/protect.html



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Action Requested:
- Join in the multi-city international Protest against UN Massacre in Haiti 
on July 21, 2001 - Condemn UN Massacre of Haitian Civilians in Cite Soleil

- More "police massacres": At least 6 persons killed during a "police" 
operation in the populist neighborhood of Solino - (HLLN note: The 
US-imposed death regime and their Duvalierists/elites gleefully celebrates 
these killings in the poor sectors in retaliation for 10-years of being out 
of power. We want more, more more killings like July 6, 2005 by the UN and 
Jordanians says Roger Noreiga, Ambassador Foley, Apaid, Boulos and the 
bloody Coup D'etat/dictatorship sectors!!!)

-  UN commander Augusto Heleno Ribeiro says he is "satisfied" with the
military operation of July 6 in Cité Soleil, AHP, July 13, 2005 (we have 
the means, the will and the power that is needed to send them packing", he 
declared." - An pregnant woman lost her fetus to Ribeiro's bullets, there 
were at least 27 wounded, mostly women and children and more than 23 
killed, mostly unarmed civilians - See human rights report at:
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/campaigns/campaignone/human_rights_reports/unmassacre.html 
)

- Haiti: The Gaza Strip of the Caribbean by Shirley Pate

- Threats against AUMOHD lawyers, defenders of the poor and oppressed in 
Haiti continue

-  LIBERTY FOR HAITIAN PRIEST ­ JUSTICE DENIED OTHER POLITICAL PRISONERS
By Judith Scherr

- Noted Brazilians demand the Immediate Withdrawal of All Brazilian Troops 
 From Haiti : Manifesto Delivered to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula 
Da Silva, Novermber, 2004

- Report on the July 23 Meeting with the Brazilian Consulate in Miami, By 
Carolyn, Haiti Solidarity Committee

- Join the July 21, 2005 - EMERGENCY INTERNATIONAL PROTEST!
Stop U.N. "Peacekeeper" Massacres in Haiti! Hands off Father Jean-Juste!

Stand in solidarity with the most hated people in the Western Hemisphere, 
tell Haitians, YOU ARE NOT ALONE, Dessaline is Rising Worldwide! Join the 
FREE HAITI MOVEMENT: 
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/solidarityday/haitisolidarityday.html

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Coordinated Multi-City International Protests on Thursday, July 21, 2005

Condemn UN Massacre of Haitian Civilians in Cite Soleil

Emergency protests are set for Thursday, July 21s -- in Brazil and 13 North 
American cities ­ to condemn the massacre of at least 23 Haitian civilians 
on July 6th in the popular neighborhood of Cite Soleil, by UN troops under 
Brazilian command. The protests call for UN troops and Haitian authorities 
to stop the killings; for all UN soldiers from 20 nations to leave Haiti 
now; and for the restoration of Haiti’s sovereignty and constitutional rule.

Coordinated protests will take place July 21st in Washington, D.C. and 
Ottawa (at the Brazilian embassies); in Miami, Montreal, New York, Toronto 
and San Francisco (at Brazilian consulates general); as well as in 
Minneapolis, San Jose (California), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Vancouver, 
Winnipeg (Manitoba), and Boston. [See below for times and locations.]

In Brazil, the CUT labor federation is sending a high-level delegation to 
the capital of Brasilia, for an audience with President Lula da Silva on 
July 21st, to discuss their concern about the actions and presence of UN 
troops in Haiti, acting under Brazilian command. They will also rally in 
front of the Planalto Palace, seat of Brazil’s federal government, and 
present a petition to Lula, signed by a long list of prominent Brazilians, 
demanding immediate withdrawal of all Brazilian troops from Haiti and 
respect for Haiti’s sovereignty.

The CUT's rally and meeting with President Lula is timed to coincide with 
the coordinated demonstrations in North America, and will kick off a series 
of meetings and rallies in major Brazilian cities. These actions are being 
organized by a coalition that includes the CUT, the Movimento Negro 
Unificado [Unified Black Movement] and Campanha Haiti [Brazil Out of Haiti 
Campaign].

The Brazilian unionists made it clear they were taking up the demands of 
the Haitian community and solidarity movement in North America, based on 
the findings of the Labor/Human Rights Delegation to Haiti and eyewitness 
reports of the July 6th massacre. The CUT is the largest labor federation 
in Brazil.

Meanwhile, in Paris, the Haitian community will mount a demonstration July 
30th at Place de la Republique, demanding an end to the US/UN occupation of 
Haiti and condemning the July 6th UN massacre of civilians in Cite Soleil.

The international campaign -- with protests in five countries -- kicked off 
on July 13th, when Father Gerard Jean-Juste, pastor of St. Claire Church in 
Port-au-Prince, flew to Miami to lead a demonstration at the Brazilian 
consulate general in Miami. Jean-Juste and Haitian community leaders met 
with Brazilian diplomats for nearly three hours to protest the UN massacre 
in Cite Soleil.

The campaign picked up steam the following day, on July 14th, when despite 
heavy repression and continued killings by UN forces, more than 5,000 
people demonstrated in Cite Soleil to condemn the UN massacre in their 
neighborhood on July 6th. They chanted for the return of President 
Aristide, and demanded prison for the leaders and backers of the coup regime.

Also on July 14th, Father Jean-Juste was ‘denounced’ on a right-wing 
Haitian radio program in Florida, saying he was returning to Haiti on 
American Airlines, with the implicit threat that something bad might and 
should happen to him.

The next day Jean-Juste was searched and questioned for 20 minutes by US 
authorities at the Miami airport. On arrival in Port-au-Prince he was 
detained by Haitian National Police for two hours and ordered to report to 
a judge to face possible criminal charges.

The citizens of Cite Soleil, Father Jean-Juste and the internationally 
coordinated demonstrations on July 21st are shining a spotlight on the 
crimes committed by the US/UN occupation on July 6th in Cite Soleil. 
Clearly the coup regime feels threatened by these revelations, and are 
retaliating against our courageous brother. Defending Fr. Jean-Juste is an 
integral part of our campaign.

Organizers emphasized that UN troops, who have been in Haiti since June 
2004, are there as a proxy force doing the bidding of the US government -- 
replacements for the US, French and Canadian troops who assisted in the 
February 29, 2004 coup d’etat that overthrew the constitutional government 
of President Aristide.

Demonstrations in 13 cities on July 21 condemning UN massacre in Cite Soleil

Boston ­ Details TBA

Halifax, Nova Scotia ­ Picket 5 pm at the US Consulate, 1969 Upper Water Street

Miami ­ Picket Brazilian Consulate, 80 SW 8th Street, Miami, at 11 a.m.

Minneapolis ­ Leaflet the light rail system in early pm
.Meet 4:30 pm at 
LRT Station near Hennepin Govt Center, 3rd Av & 5th St
.Walk at 5 pm to 
Federal Bldg, then march to the Star-Tribune (small park across the street) 
at 5th & Portland, to protest Haiti newspaper coverage.

Montreal—Assemble 3 pm, Dorchester Sq, Peel & Rene Levesque (Metro 
Peel)
.March departing 4 pm to Brazilian Consulate, 2000 Mansfield 
(cor.DeMaisonneuve)
.Rally till 6 pm.

New York ­ Picket 4-7 pm, Brazilian Consulate, 1185 Ave. of the Americas 
(6th Av), nr 47th St

Ottawa/Gatineau ­ Picket Brazilian embassy in the Canadian capital, Noon to 
1 pm

San Francisco ­ Assemble 4 pm Powell & Market (Powell St BART), March at 
4:30 pm down Market Street to rally at Brazilian Consulate General, 300 
Montgomery, till 6 pm

San Jose, California ­ Picket French consulate, 2 North 2nd St, 11:30-12:30 
and 4-6 pm

Toronto ­ Picket the Brazilian Consulate General, 77 Bloor Street West, 
beginning 1 pm

Vancouver ­ Details TBA

Washington, D.C. ­ Protest 12-5pm at Brazil embassy, 3009 Whitehaven St. NW 
(at Mass Av)

Winnipeg, Manitoba ­ Protest 1 pm at SNC-Lavalin, one of the biggest 
Canadian corporate profiteers from the occupation of Haiti, 1600 Van Ness 
(at St. James St near Polo Park mall)

For more information, contact:

Dave Welsh, Labor/Human Rights Delegation to Haiti

sub at sonic.net 510-847-8657

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AT LEAST 6 PERSONS KILLED DURING A POLICE OPERATION IN THE POPULIST 
NEIGHBORHOOD OF SOLINO


Port-au-Prince, July 18, 2005 10:35 AM (AHP)- At least 6 persons were 
killed last week-end in the populist district of Solino, during a police 
operation.

According to the police, the individuals who were shot are bandits. 
However, among the victims was a young child whose body was torn in pieces.

Members of the population accused policemen of shooting unarmed civilians 
who were peacefully attending their businesses.

At least 25 persons were killed on July 6th during a joint operation by the 
National Police and the MINUSTAH in the shantytown Cité Soleil. This 
operation also caused the death of Dread Wilmé, who was accused of 
responsibility in most violent acts registered in Port-au-Prince’s 
metropolitan area, according to officials of local and international 
organizations that investigated the place.

Following this operation, organizations of unidentified sectors put in many 
spots in the city, notably in Bourdon where the UN headquarters is, 
banderols to welcome the work done. "Mr. Valdès, Thank you for the good job 
done, continue!”, is what we can read on these banderols.

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Agence Haïtienne de Presse - AHP News
http://www.ahphaiti.org
July 13, 2005

AHP News
English translation (Unofficial)


UN commander Augusto Heleno Ribeiro says he is satisfied with the
military operation of July 6 in Cité Soleil


Port-au-Prince, July 13, 2005 (AHP)- MINUSTAH military commander
General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro declared Tuesday that he is satisfied
with the military operation that resulted in the death of activist
Dread Wilmé.

Augusto Heleno aid that the operation of July 6 was carried out to
prove to the bandits, he said, that the forces of orders have the
capacity to re-establish peace in the country.

   "We wanted to show the bandits that we have the means, the will and
the power that is needed to send them packing", he declared.

However, General Heleno said he recognizes that one can not conduct
operations simply for the purpose of killing, injuring or arresting
people.

According to the commander, the government must set up social
programs to relieve the misery of the population, notably residents
of the populist districts.

Numerous human rights organizations have denounced the indiscriminate
nature of this operation which left, they said, many innocent victims.

The Committee of Lawyers for the Respect of Individual Liberties
(CARLI) called upon MINUSTAH and the Haitian police to provide a
detailed explanation of this operation.

The Labor and Human Rights Delegation, a U.S. human rights group,
suggested that the death toll from the operation was 50 people, and
that women and children were among the dead.

The Brazilian general recently said that he will never order a
massacre in the populist districts lest he one day be called before
an international criminal tribunal.
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HAITI: THE GAZA STRIP OF THE CARIBBEAN

By  Shirley Pate

6 ­ 20 JULY 2005

‘Two helicopters  flew overhead. At 4:30 AM, UN forces launched the 
offensive, shooting into  houses, shacks, a church, and a school with 
machine guns,
tank fire, and tear  gas. Eyewitnesses reported that when people fled to 
escape the tear gas, UN  troops gunned them down from the back.’

---Excerpt from a  report by a San Francisco-based labor/human rights 
delegation that was in Haiti  on Wednesday, July 6, 2005, when UN forces 
committed a        massacre against the residents  of the neighborhood of 
Cite Soleil.


Back in April, I wrote an article* warning the head of the UN 
‘peacekeeping’ effort in Haiti, Brazilian General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro, 
that if he continued
to implement the UN Security Council’s unwritten mandate to insure a 
Haitian elite victory in the upcoming elections by killing as many Aristide 
supporters as possible, there would not be enough soap and water to wash 
the blood off his hands.

It looks like General Heleno may have figured this out for himself  as last 
month, he declared his intention to resign his post.

Yet, it appears he was still in command in the wee hours of the morning of 
July 6, when between 300-400 UN troops attacked Cite Soleil, one of the poorest
neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince, and slaughtered close to 50 residents and 
wounded many more.  It was a bloodletting worthy of the Israeli Defense Forces
(IDF) and, on that day, Haiti moved a step closer to becoming the Gaza 
Strip of the Caribbean.

It was a bloodletting that, if there is any justice left in the world, will 
land General Heleno before an international tribunal.

On  February 29, 2004, the lives of most Haitians turned decidedly worse 
when a  US-inspired coup d’etat deprived them of their democratically 
elected President,
Jean-Bertrand Aristide.  The coup  was masterminded and supervised by a 
colonial cabal consisting of the US,  France, and Canada, supported by 
military forces
that slipped into Haiti days  before.

 >From that moment on, Haiti was under occupation.

Shortly  thereafter, the cabal formed a multi-lateral force that reigned 
for three  months.  Knowing that the political  stakes were too high to 
remain the sole supplier of the military muscle in  Haiti, the cabal 
cleverly engineered a UN ‘peacekeeping’ operation that has, by  all 
standards, mutated into an occupying IDF-like assault force. It  is proving 
extremely difficult for Haiti solidarity activists, who are working  to 
stop this carnage, to convince the public that a UN peacekeeping effort 
could be capable of such heinous crimes.

Most think of UN peacekeeping missions as non-belligerent, 
neutral  operations that are deployed to separate warring factions in order 
to reach a peaceful
settlement to conflict.  And this is the genius of the cabal’s decision to 
bring the UN to Haiti.  It is vital for the public  to understand that, in 
Haiti, the UN is the primary warring faction, a  proxy for the cabal and 
nothing about their mission is neutral.

The permanent  members of the UN Security Council dictate the nature and 
scope of UN  peacekeeping operations.  As the  more dominant of the permanent
members, the US and France are masters at  designing peacekeeping 
operations to serve their own foreign policy  interests.  As a 
result,  peacekeeping missions
are more insidious and deadly than most people  aware.

In  1961, the first Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, 
Patrice Lumumba, was betrayed by UN peacekeepers when they failed to maintain
neutrality in the conflict between the central government and  Lumumba’s 
Western-supported  opponents.  Lumumba was subsequently  kidnapped and
murdered, leaving the Congolese, for the next 32 years, in the  vicious 
grip of Sese Seko Mobutu, the U.S.’ main man in Africa.

In Bosnia, thousands of Muslims sought  safe haven with Dutch-lead UN 
peacekeepers.  The peacekeepers yielded to Bosnian Serbs who kidnapped the 
Muslims and killed them. The purposeful impotency of the  UN peacekeeping 
mandate in Rwanda resulted in an indescribable genocide that has  soiled 
forever
the legacy of UN peacekeeping.

Yet, amid the presumed ‘failures’ of  each of these UN peacekeeping 
efforts, one can be assured that the interests of  the permanent members of 
the UN Security
Council were well-served  regardless. Throughout  their occupation of 
Haiti, UN forces have maintained that the  primary objective is to bring 
peace to  Haiti so that elections can be held in the fall.  The problem is 
that a lot of lousy  things are done in the name of ‘peace.’ Not unlike the 
lousy things that are  done in the name of ‘democracy.’

The same tactics used by the IDF to kill, maim, and wreck the lives 
of  Palestinians were employed by UN forces against Haitians in Cite Soleil 
on July  6:


     * aerial attacks with gunfire  aimed into densely populated residentia 
areas,
     * use of massive numbers of  troops,
     * destruction of homes by firebombs and grenades,
     * indiscriminant tank fire  into alley ways and homes and
     * not so indiscriminant assassination of residents  as they were shot 
in the back trying to flee the horror.


When  the UN forces first arrived in Haiti, their activities consisted 
largely of  securing the perimeter of poor neighborhoods for the Haitian 
National Police  while conducted raids that, more often than not, ended in 
summary executions of  residents.  But, it was not long  before UN forces 
began joint operations with the HNP and then graduated to doing  raids on 
their own.

This is all to  say that the UN’s deadly assaults on poor and largely 
Aristide-supporting  neighborhoods are not new.  Yet, the  UN raid on July 
6, was in another category altogether.  The arrogance, massive nature and 
sheer  audacity of the operation signaled that, for UN forces, killing 
Haitians had become sport.

Khan Younis is one of the most god-forsaken refugee camps in the Gaza Strip.

In the late afternoon when the children are out to play, the Israeli 
soldiers taunt them, through a loud speaker, with disgusting sexual 
innuendo about their
mothers. The children, incensed, climb the highest hill, perch themselves 
atop like sitting ducks at the carnival, and  engage in their own mini 
intifada of rocks.  The Israelis, having lured the children  to the 
designated target area, play a game of maiming them by calling out the body 
part they are aiming at before they shoot, sort of like calling out 
your  shot in billiards.

Sometimes, a head shot is called for and the kids are executed on the spot.

Much  of the cabal’s genius lies in the make-up of the UN forces in Haiti 
-  largely  Latin American.*  It serves to tie  Latin America and the 
Caribbean together in a tight knot.  Brown brother helping Black  brother.

Yet, the unifying theme  belies a cruel reality.

Brazil’s  populist-seeming president, its overwhelmingly multiracial 
society and desperate  ambition to win a permanent seat on the UN Security 
Council made
it the perfect  choice to lead the UN ‘peacekeeping’ effort in Haiti.  Yet, 
this is a country that has over 30  different descriptions used by 
Brazilians to differentiate themselves from one  another based on skin color.

This  is a country, where an Afro-Brazilian, after attaining a certain 
level of  success, might start referring to himself as white.  Racism in 
Latin America is
pervasive and is directed at both Indians and African descendants of 
slaves.  It is based on the concept of ‘the crabs  at the bottom of the 
barrel.’  Being close to the bottom of the barrel, the crab wrestles 
viciously to stay on top of  the crab just below lest he slip and fall to 
the bottom himself.

This social structure was created and  perpetuated by colonial powers in 
Latin America because they knew they had everything to lose if black, 
brown, and red
ever got together.  Like most conflicts of imperial intent,  manipulating 
racial tensions is key to ensuring that people of color stay engaged in the 
dirty business of fighting one another.  Belief in the inherent inferiority 
of  those whose land you occupy is an essential element of  occupation. 
Haiti  is Gaza and Gaza is Haiti because occupation always yields the same 
things: relentless provocations of the population, murder on a massive 
scale,  oppression, persecution, incarceration, disenfranchisement, 
joblessness,  homelessness, starvation and resistance.

It is a wicked, purposeful merry-go-round of peace through provocation - 
profess peace, provoke the occupied  until they resist, label the 
resistance a criminal car stealing, kidnapping , gang mongering, raping, 
murdering ‘threat to peace’ and then it is an open season  for the occupier.

This method has worked quite well for the  IDF.

Just  like the meaningless UN resolutions demanding an end to the slaughter 
in  Palestine, it is doubtful that we will see any sanctions against the 
cabal or
General Heleno for their crimes against humanity.  No doubt, the UN will 
proceed to issue  its cheerful press releases re-emphasizing its commitment 
to peace and democracy  in preparation for the fall elections and the 
incursions into the popular  neighborhoods for a night of sport will 
continue.

But this  will not go on forever.

When and  how will it stop?

The UN would do  well to check out the Haitian history books for answers to 
these questions.  There, they might learn that they are occupying the land 
of the sons and daughters of Dessalines.

If the UN is unable to grasp the  significance of this, they should seek 
clarification from the French.

     * http://www.sfbayview.com/041305/unsecuritycouncil041305.shtml
       http://www.sfbayview.com/041305/unsecuritycouncil041305.shtml


     * Where do the Jordanian forces fit into all of this?  With chilling 
regularity, in assault  after assault, the Jordanians are the primary 
shooters for the UN forces in  Haiti and have committed some of the most 
heinous crimes.  It could be that they are used as the  trigger men time 
and time again because they are the best marksmen.


Yet, the cabal leaves very little to  fate.  They know that one day 
they  may end up in a tight spot and need to make a sacrifice -- the 
Jordanians may be  their scapegoat-designates.


THE THREATS INCREASE

The following has been translated by Tom Luce, President of Hurah, Inc. 
(Human Rights Accompaniment in Haiti) from an e-mail written by
Evel Fanfan, Pres. of AUMOHD a Haitian human rights advocacy group.


Monday July 11

Dear Tom,

I must thank you for the moral support you have given me in this very 
difficult work.

Yesterday morning on the road to the South to see my parents who along with 
everyone else have been wiped out by the hurricane, an
unknown caller insisting his name was Ferdinand telephoned me on my cell 
phone accusing me of being a Aristide partisan paid by Aristide
to defend those whom he calls bandits.

He treated me like a "chimère" lawyer who is defending the cause of the devil.

He told me he has a mission against me.

I then tried to explain to him my work is a work without bias toward any 
side.  I told him I defend everyone and the people I defend I do
not even know.

With these words he told me that he knows me perfectly well, my comings and 
my goings.  I tried in vain to convince him and he ended the
call.

I am not really afraid because I know that they're trying to intimidate me 
into withdrawing from helping the poor thrown into prison unjustly.

Therefore for me this is becoming really complicated but I do not want to 
stop my work.

Evel Fanfan

-- 
Tom Luce, President
HURAH, Inc.
Human Rights Accompaniment In Haiti
30 Park St.
Barre, Vt. 05641
Tel. 802-476-7056, 522-3525
http://www.hurah.webhop.org



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