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Haitians Protest U.N. ‘Occupation’

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Posted on Oct 15, 2010
AP / Ramon Espinosa

A police officer chases a student during a protest last week in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Demonstrators clashed with U.N. peacekeepers and Haitian police during protests to demand improvements to a quake-damaged school building.

A crowd of about 100 protesters has blocked the entrance to the U.N. military headquarters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, spraying anti-U.N. slogans on vehicles and carrying banners saying “Down with the occupation!” while news comes that U.N. peacekeeping forces will remain in the beleaguered country for an additional year.

Protesters loudly criticized the U.N. peacekeeping operation, as well as the administration of Haitian President Rene Preval, for failure to protect ordinary people.

Additionally, critics have been egged on by an Associated Press investigation that determined that none of the $1.2 billion in reconstruction funding promised by the U.S. has arrived. —JCL

Al-Jazeera English:

Demonstrators have blocked the entrance to the UN military headquarters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, spraying anti-UN slogans on vehicles trying to enter.

A crowd of roughly 100 protesters carrying banners saying “Down with the occupation” were forced back by UN soldiers, Sebastian Walker, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Port-au-Prince, said on Friday.

“Security personnel traded blows with demonstrators, and troops started firing in the air, with helicopters hovering above.”

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, October 18, 2010 at 11:42 am Link to this comment

When you have a population which has been subdued for so many generations.. those ill mental after-affects linger for generations… and you have a people broken down phyisically, but their spirit will not be denied… for the people’s spirit NO MAN CAN CONQUER.

Of course, not of us can relate to these people.. unless your recent lineage was enslaved.

But wait.. oh wait… oops.

WE ARE ENSLAVED.. yet not as OBVIOUS as these poor meek souls we name call and point fingers at and blame THEM instead of your pig-headed forefathers… drunk on greed and racial imperial nothingness.

Our modern slavery has been of the mind, has it not?

Or are you happy being away from your family and loved ones and instead of doing what you’d LIKE to do everyday, you must fool yourself into believing you HAVE to do that job, or that things for that money, for that whatever you think will distinguish you from another.

If you work 1/3 of your waking hour.

If you work 5 out of 7 days.

If you work 50 out of 52 weeks a year….

YOU ARE A SLAVE under the modern ECONOMIC SLAVERY SYSTEM / MACHINE.

And you are simply the unwilling instigators of a crime long committed and perpetrated by those who cannot control themselves… you’ve been pawned and fooled into being racist, prejudice, proud of an empirical system of rape, thievery and murder…. today SOLD as the American Dream.

It was the English dream before that… and the Spanish dream before that…. and the French dream before that… etc…

Wake up before you find yourselves on the WRONG side of history, my brothers and friends.

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By FRTothus, October 18, 2010 at 10:58 am Link to this comment

“For the third time in the last hundred years, the U.S. has invaded and occupied Haiti. Working behind the scenes, the U.S. conducted a destabilization campaign aimed at toppling the government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. This is a message to the rest of the region: If you don’t obey, the U.S. will impose sanctions, overthrow your government, install a client regime, and support death squads to crush any resistance.”
(Ashley Smith)

“Cheap labor has always been at the heart of U.S.-Haitian relations, ever since the Haitian Revolution in 1804. It was actually a slave rebellion, the first and still the only successful one in modern history. The U.S. sided with French colonialism as the U.S. economy was based on slavery at the time and Haiti represented the first “dangerous example.”
(Ricky Baldwin)

“The coup against Aristide ... must be understood not in isolation, but as the culmination of activities that really began the minute he was re-elected in 2000. Destabilization efforts by the U.S. government, active U.S. support for the creation of a so-called civil-society opposition, and eventually the invasion of Haiti by an armed band of criminals and murderers were all part of a process designed to ensure that Haiti would return fully to the fold of the U.S. empire and its minions in Haiti.”
(Bill Fletcher, Jr.)

“The long-suffering people of Haiti suffered a catastrophic blow in February, 2004 when U.S. Marines kidnapped and deposed democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
The U.S., supported by Canada and France, forced him into exile, forbade him from even returning to the hemisphere, and reestablished a despotic interim puppet government backed and enforced by so-called UN peacekeepers and a brutal Haitian National Police…
Why did the U.S. plan and carry out this act of savage banditry against a leader beloved by his people and last reelected in 2000 with 92% of the vote? It was because he cared about the 80% or more desperately poor and disadvantaged Haitians and was committed to improving their lives. He was determined to serve their interests rather than those of his dominant northern neighbor. That policy of any nation, especially less developed ones, is always unacceptable to the predatory neoliberal agenda of all U.S. administrations, the giant transnational corporations whose interests they serve, and in Haiti, their elite junior business partners. The Bush administration, in league with these dominant business interests, intends to return this nation of 8.5 million people, the poorest in the Americas, to its pre-Aristide status of virtual serfdom. To do it they destroyed Haiti’s freedom and first ever democracy in its history and turned the country into a killing field.”
(Stephen Lendman)

“The armed insurrection which contributed to unseating President Aristide on February 29, 2004, was the result of a carefully staged military-intelligence operation. The rebel paramilitary army crossed the border from the Dominican Republic in early February. It constitutes a well armed, trained, and equipped paramilitary unit integrated by former members of FRAPH, the “plain clothes” death squadrons, involved in mass killings of civilians and political assassinations during the CIA-sponsored 1991 military coup, which led to the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Aristide. During the military government (1991-1994), FRAPH was (unofficially) under the jurisdiction of the Armed Forces. According to a 1996 U.N. Human Rights Commission report, FRAPH had been supported by the CIA.”
(Michael Chossudovsky)

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By Inherit The Wind, October 17, 2010 at 6:58 am Link to this comment

If the 100 represent, well, 100 people they can be ignored.

If they, in fact, represent the majority of Haitians, or even the plurality, then it’s “Hey! It’s your country. We are outta here.”

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By rico, suave, October 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment

Loved the photo caption.

“Student” my ass.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, October 16, 2010 at 12:21 pm Link to this comment

This Euro - Amerikan stinkin’ attitude of having all the answers and being correct even in misstep is INTOLERABLE at best…

The WORLD recognizes the Empire, and is disgusted, and will rip off the yoke!

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, October 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment

It’s about time they told the do nothings over there to get going if they are not going to help build infrastructure without DEMANDING incentives other than THE RIGHT THING TO DO IN LIGHT OF HISTORY AND FRANCE’S TREATMENT of said country.

Help, but don’t hang out waiting to subdue and infiltrate… these people aren’t stupid, only harassed.

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By PatrickHenry, October 16, 2010 at 8:48 am Link to this comment

The Haitians are entitled to live in their own squalor.  Let them.

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By Fat Freddy, October 16, 2010 at 7:54 am Link to this comment

Haiti is being floated as one of the possible locations for one of Paul Romer’s “Charter Cities”.

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