[News] March 1st Berkeley event to commemorate 5th anniversary of the coup in Haiti
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March 1st event to commemorate 5th anniversary of the coup in Haiti
Haiti - 5 Years After the Coup
March 1st, 7PM, La Pena, Berkeley $10-25 No one turned away
Culture: Phavia Kujichagulia and Troublemakers' Union
Featured Speakers: Pierre Labossiere and Nia Imara
With: Nadeen Elshorafa, AROC, Update on Gaza
This event commemorates the fifth anniversary of the February 29,
2004 coup d'etat when the US, France and Canada overthrew Haiti's
democratic President Aristide and violently reversed Fanmi Lavalas'
ambitious and progressive social agenda. In its place, neo-liberal
policies and privatization which benefit western powers and Haiti's
elite have been restored. Popular resistance to these austerity
measures are met with the military might of the United Nations
occupation forces, MINUSTAH.
Ten thousand Haitians died, as many as 8,000 were raped, and others
were forced into exile. Many Lavalas supporters and activists remain
in prison. Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, a leading Lavalas human rights
activist, remains unaccounted for after being kidnapped and
disappeared in August 2007.
Now the full shameful weight of US/elite hegemony and globalization
comes to bear as, 5 years after the coup, millions of Haitians endure
starvation, illiteracy, unemployment, rising prices and natural
disasters, while paying $1 million a week in debt service to the IMF.
Just as the brave Palestinian people living in occupied Gaza and the
West Bank endure collective punishment from US-backed Israel for
daring to exist, so do Haiti's determined people continue to survive
and resist under US/UN occupation, the realization of their dreams of
Join Haiti Action Committee to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the
coup, to hear an update on the current situation, and to raise our
voices to demand the return of President Aristide, freedom for
Haiti's political prisoners, and accountability for the kidnapping of
The evening will celebrate the ongoing resistance of Haiti's
people, and all who struggle for true democracy, human rights and
peace. <http://www.haitisolidarity.net/article.php?id=40>We will not
forget the achievements of Lavalas!
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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