[News] What is Happening in Haiti is a Genuine Anti-imperialist Popular Revolt
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What is Happening in Haiti is a Genuine Anti-imperialist Popular
By Carlos Aznárez on January 23, 2016
Port-au-Prince and other Haitian cities are today the stage of the
largest popular uprising in decades of the suffering Haitian nation.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the street to show
their revulsion against the current government of Michell Martelly and
his decision, against the will of the vast majority of Haitians, to hold
elections on Sunday January 24. Opposition parties have labeled the
whole process as an “electoral masquerade”. A Deafening scream has begun
to rise from the poorest corners of the cities that has even overflowed
into the residential streets of Petion-Ville with unusual ferocity. It
is the people in full force, resisting and honoring their independence
and anti-slavery origins of 1804. This wave of struggle has the
potential to generate an anti-imperialist offensive that will write a
new chapter in their own history as they stand up and say a huge;
-Enough of the use of Haiti as a laboratory of occupation by the United
States and its allies.
-Enough of the occupying troops of the so called United Nations
Stabilization Mission. (/MINUSTAH/) whose mission is supposedly to bring
humanitarian help to the Haitian people but has done the exact opposite.
The actions of the UN troops have left a trail of repression and
occupation including the raping and the transmission of the cholera
epidemic that has caused the deaths of tens of thousands.
-Enough of Latin-American complicity with the invading United Nations troops
-Enough of the international hypocrisy in the degrading and shameful
“aid missions” headed up by former US president Bill Clinton whose real
mission is to further the ties of dependency and domination of the
It is for these reasons that during the last few weeks Haiti has clearly
become a pre-revolutionary scene; producing in these last few days a
truly massive popular uprising. They have faced up to the criminal
stubbornness of Martelly and his henchmen who are trying to hijack the
elections in the first place. There has been some formal epistles
against this from the opposition parties but it has been the thousands
of young people who decided to take the future into their own hands by
filling the streets; first peacefully waving slogans against the
Electoral Council and the resignation of the president.
But when the brutal repression from the police and the troops of
Minustah began those who had mobilized began to exercise the logical and
necessary popular violence that arises in situations like the one that
the Haitian people are facing today. This popular violence always
produces repudiation and reaction by the oligarchy and the petit
bourgeoisie (including some sectors of the left) because they cannot
understand that the patience of the people has clear limits.
In the last few hours there have been compelling examples of class
struggle as students, workers and fighters of all generations crossed
the La Saline Boulevard and stormed into the Bel-Air neighborhood on
route to Delmas, shouting /“Martelly has to go. We are the Government.”/
In the Saint-Pierre square the police and some peacekeepers from
Minustah attacked the crowd with rubber bullets, and tear gas, but the
young people did not give up and began to lift barricades and set tires
on fire in the street. The Molotov cocktails, stones and other similar
objects were the answer to the violence of the military that in a few
minutes created pandemonium by making the air unbreathable due to the
gas. Cars were burned, and the local ruling party offices destroyed. The
word of mouth traveling on the street was /“nobody leave the streets, we
are the people’s power”./
When the bulk of protesters had invaded the upper class area of
Petion-Ville merchants quickly closed their doors. A youth being beaten
by members of Martelly’s party was rapidly defended by the protestors
fueling the magnitude of the people as they destroyed vehicles and some
It was at that very moment that the news spread like wildfire that, “the
Government has decided to cancel the elections on the 24th for security
reasons”. The outbreak of joy rumbled throughout the territory and
slogans demanding that Martelly leave office redoubled. “Until he
resigns no one will go home”, was shouted from the roof of a vehicle by
one of the Haitian fighters. And thousands of hands making the V for
victory rose in the air.
So this is how the scene is at this time, despite the media
misrepresentation of the events, in a nation that Latin America and the
Caribbean owe so much to. Among many other things is that the victory of
the uprising of 1804 was the spark that lit up the later struggles for
independence throughout the hemisphere.
What is needed now from the international solidarity movement is that in
those Latin American countries that are involved in the invasion and
occupation of Haiti everything is done to end this shameful situation.
And that in return, the popular organizations of the continent raise
concrete solidarity with the people in the streets who are fighting with
all the means at their disposal for ultimate independence.
Translated by the North America Bureau, Resumen Latinoamericano
Source: Resumen Latinoamericano
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