[News] Stop The Attacks on President Aristide and Haiti’s Grassroots Movement
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Thu May 9 10:39:29 EDT 2013
*Stop The Attacks on President Aristide and Haiti’s Grassroots Movement*
The people of Haiti stand for justice, but they are against the misuse
of the justice system forpolitical persecution. That is why they have
come out by the thousands today, in support of former President Aristide.
This Wednesday, May 8, tens of thousands of Haitians gathered at the
Palace of Justice in Port-au-Prince to support former President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was summoned
to court to be questioned about a thirteen-year-old murder
investigation. Mr. Aristide
was “invited” to appear in court by Judge Ivikiel Dabrezil, the tenth
judge appointed to
investigate the murder of internationally known journalist, Jean Leopold
was shot in the courtyard of his radio station in 2000.
Members of Haiti’s most popular political party, Lavalas, as well as
supporters, view this “invitation” as the latest effort in what has been
an ongoing assault
against Haiti’s grassroots democratic movement and its principal leader.
The Haiti Action
Committee includes itself amongst those who denounce unequivocally these
Since his return two years ago from forced exile, President Aristide has
University of the Aristide Foundation’s Medical School (UNIFA). On
September 26, 2011
the Medical School once again opened its doors, seven years after the
closure by the U.S.-orchestrated coup in 2004. Currently over 200 future
are in attendance at the school. Now a nursing school has opened as
well. This is just the
beginning of an initiative to improve healthcare for all Haitians.
Ever since Aristide and his family returned to Haiti, he has been a
particular target of
Michel Martelly – who assumed the office of President in March 2011 as
the result of
fraudulent elections – and the occupation-installed Martelly
administration. Two months
ago, Aristide was summoned to court in two separate cases. In Haiti, it
is implicit that
these ridiculous allegations are attempts to discredit President
Aristide’s reputation and
delegitimize his current work. The efforts to link him in any way to the
Jean Dominique – a journalist beloved by the people for his unbending
criticism of U.S.
interference in Haiti – are equally outrageous.
Aristide has always been an advocate of the poor, and a proponent of an
system that includes the poorest. Because he has been such an unwavering
voice for the
people’s movement, he is considered a threat to the U.S./UN occupation
and the Martelly
administration, which is in the process of bringing back the repressive
institutions of the
Duvalier regime, including the paramilitary and Haitian Army.
Yet, as ever, grassroots organizations throughout Haiti have a clear
the repressive nature of the May 8 summons. This attack against Aristide
attack against the entire democratic grassroots movement. Nevertheless,
the “invitation” on their own terms and planned full-scale support of
Aristide today, when
thousands joined him at the Judicial Palace. Refusing to be intimidated,
announced peaceful actions today, which they have chosen to mark as the
beginning of asustained campaign for the people’s full participation in
the running of their country.
/The Haiti Action Committee stands in solidarity with the people of
Haiti as they struggle to
regain national sovereignty, rebuild their democracy, and end the
Sent by Haiti Action Committee
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