[News] Haiti - Attempted Assassination of Fanmi Lavalas Leader, Joel "Pacha" Vorbe

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Thu Apr 2 10:57:35 EDT 2020

 *Haiti Action Committee Denounces The Attempted Assassination of Fanmi
Lavalas Leader, Joel "Pacha" Vorbe*

[image: Pacha Vorbe.png]

On March 30th, 2020, at about 3:00 a.m., six heavily armed men invaded the
home of Joel Edouard Vorbe, familiarly known as Pacha, a member of the
Executive Committee of Fanmi Lavalas. Terrorizing the occupants, they
searched the house looking for Pacha who was not home at the time. They
left Pacha a message, saying that they had two bullets left with which to
kill him.

Joel "Pacha" Vorbe is a well-known community leader in Haiti. A victim of
an organized wave of violence in 2002 aimed at destabilizing President
Aristide's government, Pacha was shot as he fought off an attack by two
assailants who had just murdered his father-in-law.  The attack left him
with quadriplegia.  A highly respected leader of Fanmi Lavalas, he is also
known for his engagement with organizations that actively work on the
problems of people living with disabilities.

The assassination attempt against Pacha occurs at a moment when communities
and individuals protesting against corruption by the U.S.-supported
government of Jovenel Moise have been the victims of massacres,
assassinations, beatings and arbitrary arrests. The newly appointed prime
minister, Joseph Jouthe, has indicated that more is to come, warning
recently: "Gold for my friends, lead for my enemies and clubs/nightsticks
for the undecided."

All of this is taking place as Haitians are experiencing great fear and
concern over the spreading COVID-19 pandemic.

We join the popular movement in Haiti in denouncing the ongoing repression
and violations of human rights, and in demanding that the perpetrators be
held accountable.

We invite you to read the following Statements denouncing the attack on
Joel "Pacha" Vorbe:

*Press Release from the Executive Committee of Fanmi Lavalas denouncing
this attack against Joel "Pacha" Vorbe*: CLICK HERE

*Rep. Maxine Waters Statement on the Attempted Assassination of Joel
Edouard 'Pacha' Vorbe in Haiti*: CLICK HERE
Haiti Action Committee
PO Box 2040
Berkeley,CA 94702
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