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> 
> Recommemded HLLN Link:
> 'If they shoot at us, they are doomed. If they don't shoot at us, they are
> doomed!' March, 2005 by Marguerite Laurent
> http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/doomed.html
> 
> 
> Coincidence or Intentional? - Is there an International plan to 
depopulate
> and exterminate a large portion of Haiti's population?
> by Ezili Dantò, November 4, 2006
> 
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/conspiracy.html#neocolon
> 
> 
> Expose the Lies
> http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/expose.html
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> 
> **********************in this post************************
> 
> - Solèy di : Minista ban m peyi m by Berthony Dupont, Haiti Progres, 
Nov. 21, 2008 (Kreyol)
> 
> - Commémoration de Vertières : Cité Soleil dit à bas l’occupation by 
Berthony Dupon, Haiti Proges, Nov. 21, 2006 (French)
> 
> 
> - An unsavory effort to discredit Haiti report by Tim Pelzer
> 
> 
> - Celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Vertières: diverse 
sectors denounce the presence of a foreign force on the nation's soil, 
November 20, 2006 (AHP)
> 
> 
> - The Clashes in Cité Soleil - The UN Fails Haiti, Again | Nov. 24. 2004
> http://www.counterpunch.org/ives11242006.html
> 
> 
> - Haitian police commander resigns after ignoring arrest warrant, AP 
|International Herald Tribune| November 15, 2006
> 
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> 
> Solèy di : Minista ban m peyi m by Berthony Dupont
> 
> Haiti Progres, Nov. 21, 2006
> 
> 
> Vandredi 17 novanm lan, se pa t yon nouvèl mwen t ap tande, ni yon 
jounal mwen t ap li, mwen te anndan Site Solèy  nonsèlman pou m te 
vizite katye popilè sa a  men pou m te tou patisipe nan yon 
manifestasyon ki ta pral fèt nan jounen an.
> 
>             Se lan yon machin jounal Ayiti Pwogrè ki make laprès nou te ye. 
Depi nou parèt, kèk eklerè te fè n konnen  Minista ap tire depi m maten 
nan Site a. Nou kontinye antre, apèn nou rive bò mache a, efektivman 
nou tande yon rafal bal ki pati epi se konsa nou wè plizyè cha Minista k 
ap alevini epi k ap tire sou popilasyon an .  Nou pa kontinye antre, nou fè 
machin lan fè bak, epi n al kanpe anfas mache a, yon fason  pou n te 
kapab kontwole pi byen  aksyon represif  fòs okipasyon an t ap fè sou 
malere ak malerez yo nan Site a.
> 
> Manifestasyon an te sipoze kòmanse depi 10zè nan maten, li te onzè 
pase moun yo potko kapab rasanble tèlman Minista  t ap tire pasipala 
sou yo. Yon fason pou  anpeche yo sòti pou manifeste kòlè yo kont blan 
yo.
> 
> Imaj mwen te konstate nan moman sa a nan Site Solèy, se bagay yon 
moun konn abitye wè nan televizyon, lè y ap montre w lagè nan peyi Irak 
ak lè kolon Izrayelyen yo ap bonbade pèp Palestinyen yo, antre sou yo 
ak gwo cha,  kraze kay yo.epi tire sou yo. Se menm imaj sa a mwen t ap 
viv nan Site Solèy. Gen yon momam menm, yon cha Minista vin kanpe 
devan machin Ayiti Pwogrè a, epi san krent y ap simaye  bal tankou 
grenn lapli sou moun yo.
> 
>  Lè sa a, dlo koule nan je m,  se pa paske mwen fèb,  men mwen te 
santi m lan yon sitiyasyon danjere epi mwen pat gen anyen lan men m, 
mwen pat  kab fè anyen pou m defann tèt mwen epitou  patisipe djanm  
nan rezistans lan ak popilasyon Site Solèy la. Represyon Minista  ap fè 
nan Site a fè m  konprann byen, si yon moun ap viv nan kondisyon sa  a, 
nan lagè sa a, li oblije gen zam pou l defann tèt li, paske se  yon veritab 
lagè Minista deklare kont popilasyon Site Solèy la.
> 
> Lan sans sa a, mwen vin konprann gouvènman Preval/Aleksi a tou  pi 
byen, ki wòl y ap jwe osèvis peyi enperyalis yo tankou Etazini, Lafrans ak 
Kanada, lè y ap mande popilasyon Site Solèy la pou renmèt zam yo, 
depi ou vle dezame yon moun oubyen yon pèp se paske li se  lènmi ou.
> 
>  Men pawòl kèk militan nan Site a te pale ak nou: “ Nou te fè 2 lane ap 
goumen ak yon pouvwa defakto (Latortue ak Boniface), kounyea nou  eli 
yon moun opouvwa, nou wont pou li, fòk Minista ale…”.
> 
> Yon lòt te fè nou  konnen “gen jèn  pami  nou la ki pa kapab menm ale 
lekòl”li kontinye pale “mwen k ap pale ak ou, mwen se yon viktim 
Minista, mwen genyen sè m ak frè m ki mouri anba bal  Minista, se pou 
sa m ap mande pou Minista ale, pou Minista bay pèp la mache piblik la 
pou pèp la kapab defann manje pitit li”…
> 
> Mache sa  a, konpatriyòt la ap pale se yon bèl mache prezidan Aristid 
te konstwi nan Site a, enben se limenm Minista pran fè baz li, epi  yo 
lage machann yo nan lari fatra a, e se youn nan revandikasyon pèp Site 
Solèy la se pou Minista bay machann yo mache a, men deklarasyon yon 
lòt konbatan nan Site a:   jodi a pou mwenmenm se 17 novanm se yon 
jou ki tèlman enpòtan pou mwenmenm patikilyèman ak pou tout 
ayisyen san distenksyon, lè w ap pran egzanp jan zansèt nou yo te 
goumen pou n te rive endepandan, se pa kounyea jodi 17 novanm lan 
lavèy batay Vètyè, pou nou anvi fè yon manifestasyon pou n revandike 
dwa nou, pou nou rele pou  mekontantman nou,  pou jan nou wè blan 
yo ap maspinen nou. Yo touye, yo kraze, yo touye granmoun, yo touye 
timoun,  yo kraze lekòl, yo kraze lopital, yo kraze legliz…Y ap krazebrize 
tout bagay …! Nou vin la pou n di moun sa yo ba nou teritwa nou,  men 
yo kanpe nan chak kafou nan Site Solèy ou jwenn 4 ou 5 chadegè y ap 
tire pou yo fè jenosid sou nou. Nou menm nou prè oubyen yo elimine 
nou nètalkole oubyen Janjak Desalin leve anpenpan, Kapwalamò leve, 
Tousen Louvèti leve, lespri l sòti nan Fòdejou kote l ye a pou l retounen 
an Ayiyi vin  ede nou kontinye lit la afenke Peyi Dayiti soti nan sitiyasyon 
sa a…Noumenm Ayisyen nou pa kapab ankò, swadizan y ap di nou 
genyen desanzan  endepandan, men  nou pa lib !  nou pa endepandan! 
Eske noumenm Ayisyen n ap kite blan yo antere nou? Jamè! Jamè! Nou 
pap kapab kontinye konsa. Nou ta pito ale sou fòs Janjak Desalin nou 
leve zonbi an, pran zo Desalin yo graje yo  mete sou nou kòm parabal 
pou nou goumen ak mechan sa yo, paske nou pap kapab kontinye 
konsa ankò…
> 
> Tout pandan kanmarad sa a t ap pale li te oblije rete tanzantan akòz 
ba l Minista t ap tire bò kote  nou te ye a. Gen yon malerez, yon machann 
mabi ki te pran yon bal lan do l epi cha Minista a te pase kraze ti komès 
li t ap fè nan mache. Selon say o te rapòte nou tou genyen yon timoun 
lan Bwanèf ki te mouri jou vandredi maten an anba bal Minista.
> 
> Li te vè midi konsa, lè manifestasyon  an te finalman pran lari, nan 
Solèy 17, moun yo te gen anpil pankat ak yon latriye bèl foto prezidan 
Aristid. Yo te di grenadye alaso, yo monte pase devan baz Minista a nan 
mache a, kote yo chante epi voye eslogan  ak pawòl pimanbouk kont 
Minista. Youn nan chante yo se: Vle pa vle fòk y ale! Vle pa vle fòk Minista 
ale…! Pawòl sa a montre klè detèminasyon  popilasyon Site Solèy la 
pou yo dechouke Minista nan peyi a. Yo pa mande pou Minista ale 
paske, li pa fè anyen tankou anpil lòt moun ap fè konprann, men rezon 
pa yo prezans Minista se kontinyasyon koudeta 2004 la, prezans Minista 
se sasinen Desalin yon lòt fwa ankò, plis represyon Minista ap fè sou 
yo.
> 
> Si nan peyi a  gen lòt gwoup nou kapab site etidyan yo konsa, k  t ap  
mande Minista rache manyòk li, bay Ayiti blanch nan yon manifestasyon 
yo te fè jou samdi 18 novanm lan; fòk nou siyale,  yo pa sou menm 
pozisyon ak konbatan Site Solèy yo. Etidyan yo, se yon fo nasyonalis ki 
monte yo, nan yon entèvyou yo t ap bay radyo Melodi FM, lendi maten 20 
novanm lan;  yo te tou pwofite ap choute sou Aristid, komkwa Aristid t ap 
fè represyon sou etidyan ak sou gwoup 184, Aristid t ap monte yon lame 
bandi.
> 
> Alòske pou moun  Site Solèy yo aprè kesyon okipasyon an, lòt 
revandikasyon ki enpòtan pou yo se retou prezidan Aristid, 
revandikasyon sa a,  yo pap negosye l ak kikeseswa, e ki korèk tou,  
paske si Aristid pa tounen lan peyi a komsadwa se koudeta 2004 la k 
ap kontinye. E si yo pa lage tout lòt prizonye politik yo se ankò politik 
koudeta 2004 la k ap kontinye.
> 
> Pou moun Site Solèy yo, kesyon retou Aristid la se yon kesyon ki chita 
nan kad pou respekte yon prensip men tou anndan Site a, Aristid te 
kòmanse ap kreye yon bann bagay esansyèl pou aleje soufrans mas 
defavorize sa yo. Li te gentan bati kèk kay, li bati mache a ak yon plas 
pou moun yo te pran ti detant yo, sitèn pou moun yo te jwenn dlo 
elatriye.  Se pa san rezon, malgre pwopagann boujwazi a kont Aristid li 
toujou rete popilè lan mitan mas yo sitou moun Site Solèy yo
> 
>             Pou n fini n ap di sitiyasyon moun site Solèy yo mande pou tout 
patriyòt konsekan reflechi sou li, gen anpil moun kit deyò ak anndan 
peyi a ki ta renmen wè yon chanjman an Ayiti. Batay pou chanjman sa a, 
li kòmanse nan Site a. Se kondisyon sosyal moun yo, ki lakòz se yo ki 
premye viktim fòs okipasyon an. Se yo boujwazi malpouwont lan 
bezwen detwi, se sa k fè moun sa yo, yo pa gen anyen pou yo pèdi si y 
ap goumen pou peyi yo, okontrè y ap gen plis nan batay sa a,  y ap 
mennen menmjan ansyen esklav yo ki nan tan pa yo pat gen anyen tou 
pou pèdi, sèl chans yo se te goumen pou yo sòti nan lesklavaj. E se sa 
yo te fè kont lame dokipasyon fransè a, ki te vin ba nou libète ki fè jodi a, 
nou kapab fyè rele tèt nou Ayisyen.
> 
>                                                           Berthony Dupont
> 
> 
> **********************************************
> Commémoration de Vertières :
> 
> Cité Soleil dit à bas l’occupation
> 
>  
> 
> Le vendredi 17 novembre, j’étais présent à Cité Soleil non seulement 
pour visiter la commune mais aussi pour participer à une manifestation 
anti-occupation. Nous étions venus sur place à bord d’un véhicule de 
Haïti-Progrès identifiée en tant que presse. Et dès notre arrivée nous 
fûmes informé que depuis très tôt le matin, ce quartier populaire était la 
proie de tirs de la part de la Minustah.
> 
>             Malgré ces avertissements, nous nous rendîmes du côté du 
marché et là, après avoir été accueilli par une rafale d’arme 
automatique, nous assistâmes à un défilé de chars de la Minustah qui 
tiraient à bout portant. Nous fîmes marche arrière et nous nous 
mettâmes afin de mieux contrôler la situation. C’est ainsi que j’ai pu voir 
en direct l’action répressive de cette force d’occupation sur les 
malheureux de la Cité Soleil.
> 
>             La manifestation était prévue pour 10 heures du matin, et il était 
déjà onze heures et aucun rassemblement n’était possible suite à 
l’action de la Minustah.
> 
>             Je ne peux m’empêcher de comparer cette situation que j’ai 
vécu aux images télévisées des scènes de guerre en Irak ou mieux 
encore les images d’agressions des colons Israéliens sur le peuple 
Palestinien. A un moment de la durée l’un des chars vint se placer 
directement devant le véhicule de Haïti-Progrès et arrosa d’une pluie de 
balles tout ce qui bougeait.
> 
>             Je fus révolté, et des larmes ont coulé sur mes joues en 
constatant mon impuissance face à ces abus révoltant et ceci m’aida 
enfin à comprendre que les gens de Cité Soleil du fait qu’ils sont en 
guerre déclarée avec la Minustah peuvent en aucun cas déposer et 
remettre des armes. Situation oblige.
> 
>             Je compris, encore mieux, le rôle du gouvernement 
Préval/Alexis au service des impérialistes comme les Etats-Unis,  la 
France et le Canada quand il demande à la population de Cité Soleil de 
remettre les armes et de se laisser abattre sans résistance.
> 
>             «On a passé deux ans à combattre le pouvoir des de facto 
(Latortue et Boniface). Aujourd’hui, nous avons élu quelqu’un au 
pouvoir. Et nous avons vraiment honte de lui. La Minustah doit partir» 
disait un manifestant.
> 
> Un autre déclarait: «Il y a des jeunes parmi nous qui ne peuvent aller 
à l’école. Moi qui vous parle, je suis une victime de la Minustah ; mon 
frère et ma sœur ont été tué par les balles de la Minustah, c’est pour 
cela que je demande leur départ et pour qu’elle puisse rendre aux 
marchandes le marché occupé militairement».
> 
> Le marché dont il parlait est celui qui fut construit par Jean Bertrand 
Aristide à Cité Soleil et que maintenant les forces occupantes de l’Onu 
utilisent en tant que base pour réprimer les gens du quartier.
> 
> Un autre manifestant  ne mâchait pas ces mots: «Aujourd’hui 17 
novembre est un jour extrêmement important, pour moi 
particulièrement, et pour tous les Haïtiens. Quand on se rappelle que 
nos ancêtres se sont battus pour que nous soyons indépendants et 
aujourd’hui pendant que nous manifestons pour revendiquer nos 
droits, les blancs nous maltraitent. Ils tuent les vieillards, les enfants, 
les femmes. Ils détruisent les écoles, les hôpitaux, les églises. Donc, 
nous sommes là aujourd’hui afin qu’ils quittent le pays. Regardez, des 
chars à chaque carrefour tirant partout. N’est-ce pas un génocide ? 
Nous sommes prêts à mourir afin que le pays recouvre la liberté. Et 
l’esprit de nos ancêtres viendront nous aider. On n’en peut plus. On 
nous dit que nous sommes indépendant depuis deux cents ans. Mais 
nous ne sommes pas libres, nous ne sommes pas indépendants…»
> 
> Tout au long de cette interview, les rafales d’armes automatiques 
crépitaient partout autour de nous provoquant l’arrêt de temps à autre 
de notre interlocuteur. Je voyais venir vers nous une marchande atteinte 
d’une balle au dos, après que son petit commerce eut été écrasé par 
un des chars de la force d’occupation. On m’informait aussi qu’un 
enfant avait reçu une balle dans le quartier de Bois-Neuf.
> 
> Finalement, la manifestation a pu se mettre en branle vers  midi (12 
:00 pm). La population arborait de multiples pancartes et de belles et 
grandes photos de l’ex-président Aristide et lançait des slogans 
hostiles à la Minustah du genre : «Vle pa vle fòk li ale». En étant avec 
eux, en participant avec les gens de Cité Soleil j’ai compris leur 
détermination à chasser les occupants. Ils n’obéissent pas comme 
certains à un réflexe d’inutilité de la Minustah, mais plutôt parce que 
d’après eux la Minustah est la continuation de coup d’Etat de 2004, et 
un remake de l’assassinat de Dessalines et aussi à cause de la 
répression qu’ils subissent.
> 
> Nous devons aussi signaler que d’autres groupes de gens ont 
manifesté contre la Minustah, les étudiants ont eu le leur le 18 
novembre. Mais ils ne sont pas sur la même longueur d’onde avec les 
combattants de Cité Soleil. C’est une sorte de nationalisme au rabais 
qu’ils projettent. Ce lundi 20 novembre 2006, sur les ondes de Mélodie 
FM, ils ont profité pour attaquer Aristide parce que d’après eux il était 
«répressif » face aux étudiants et le «Groupe des 184» d’André Apaid, 
et qu’il montait une armée de bandits. On voit que ces étudiants sont 
toujours sous l’obédience de la macouto-bourgeoisie.
> 
> Mais, pour les habitants de Cité Soleil, à part leur lutte contre 
l’occupation, ils exigent aussi le retour du président Aristide dans son 
pays. Parce que s’il ne peut pas retourner au pays c’est la continuation 
du coup d’Etat. De la même manière que si on ne libère pas les 
prisonniers politiques c’est la politique des de facto qui continue à être 
appliqué. Pour les habitants de Cité Soleil, le retour d’Aristide est une 
question de principe. Malgré tout ce qu’on peut reprocher à ce dernier, il 
essayait d’alléger la souffrance des démunis. Et c’est pourquoi, malgré 
la propagande haineuse de la macouto-bourgeoisie et de la petite 
bourgeoisie opportuniste à son endroit il reste toujours populaire 
surtout à Cité Soleil.
> 
> A propos de cette situation qui prévaut dans le pays, tout patriote 
conséquent doit mûrement réfléchir. Les patriotes de l’intérieur et de 
l’extérieur qui veulent voir un changement en Haïti doivent comprendre 
ce qui se passe à Cité Soleil et pourquoi cette commune est devenu le 
champ de bataille principale contre l’occupation avant que d’autres 
points s’embrasent. C’est leur condition sociale qui est la principale 
raison de leur combat et c’est pourquoi cette commune est la cible 
préférée de la force d’occupation et de la classe dominante. Les 
masses populaires ont le dos au mur, elles n’ont d’autres choix que de 
se battre afin qu’elles puissent se libérer et accéder à un mieux être à 
l’instar des esclaves de Saint Domingue.
> 
>  
> 
> Berthony Dupont
> 
> **********************************************
> 
> An unsavory effort to discredit Haiti report
> By Tim Pelzer
> 
> A London-based Haiti solidarity group with ties to shadowy 
U.S./Canadian-backed nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that 
participated in the campaign to destabilize the former center-left Haitian 
government of President Jean-Bertrand
> Aristide is behind efforts to discredit a new report from the prestigious 
British medical journal The Lancet.
> 
> The Lancet study, “Human rights abuse and other criminal violations 
in Port-au-Prince: a random survey of households,” written by Wayne 
University of Social Work researchers Athena Kolbe and Royce Hutson, 
was released in September. It reveals that 8,000 people were murdered 
and 35,000 women raped in Port -au-Prince  between Feb. 29, 2004, 
and December 2005, the period immediately after the ouster of 
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Security forces belonging to the 
U.S./Canadian/French imposed interim government as well as 
anti-Lavalas gangs carried out a large share of these atrocities.
> 
> Media coverage of the Lancet study began casting doubt on the validity 
of the report. Charles Arthur of the London-based Haiti Support Group 
was widely cited as claiming that the Lancet report is seriously marred 
by bias because co-author Athena Kolbe had worked in an orphanage 
set up by Aristide. She also worked as a journalist under the name Lyn 
Duff, writing favorably of Aristide.
> 
> Arthur maintains that Aristide supporters also raped and murdered 
innocent people and that this is not reflected in the Lancet report. “I am 
concerned The Lancet has unwittingly been used as part of the 
pro-Aristide propaganda campaign,” he told the Toronto-based Globe 
and Mail.
> 
> According to sources who have requested anonymity, Arthur has been 
pressuring the Lancet to re-evaluate the study, claiming that Kolbe used 
fabricated data. Other U.S.- and Canadian-funded NGOs have also 
complained to the Lancet.
> 
> After weeks of pressure, Lancet editor Richard Horton asked Detroit’s 
Wayne University to investigate whether a conflict of interest colored 
Kolbe’s reporting.
> 
> Arthur’s criticisms of the Lancet report, as well as his motivations, 
must be viewed with suspicion. All other major human rights reports on 
the period on Haiti, from Harvard and the University of Miami to the U.S. 
National Lawyers Guild, support the Lancet study’s findings that Aristide 
supporters were overwhelming the victims rather than the perpetrators 
of human rights violations.
> 
> When I asked Arthur about this via e-mail, he responded, “I am not 
sure that the reports that you mention are entirely reliable (apart from 
Amnesty) as they appear to see the undoubted violations committed by 
agents of the interim government, former soldiers, right-wing gangs and 
the Minustah (UN Stabilization Forces) but not the abuses committed by 
FL [Fanmi Lavalas Party] supporters.” Instead he sent me extracts of 
Amnesty International (AI) reports (October 8, 2004; July 28, 2005) that 
make unsupported claims that gangs loyal to Aristide had killed many 
people.
> 
> Well after the coup against Aristide, human rights activists in Haiti 
criticized Amnesty for not investigating and speaking out against the 
repression carried out by the interim government and its allies.
> 
> According to Marguerite Laurent of the New York-based Haitian 
Lawyers Leadership Network, the organizations that Arthur promotes, 
such as the Organization of People in Struggle (OPL), Platform to 
Advocate for Alternative Development (PAPDA), Haitian Women’s 
Solidarity Organization (SOFA) and Kayfanm “stood silent during the 
horrific killings and illegal arrests of Lavalas supporters and rapes of 
Haitian women and men after the 2004 coup d’etat.”
> 
> “Arthur was losing his credibility,” she said. “This attack [against 
Kolbe] puts his name back in the circle.”
> 
> The groups that Arthur supports played a role in the 
U.S./Canadian/French-led effort to destabilize and undermine the 
elected Aristide government. OPL, PAPDA, SOFA and Kayfanm receive 
funding from either the U.S. government-backed National Endowment 
for Democracy, International Republican Institute, U.S. Agency for
> International Development (USAID) or the Canadian 
government-backed Canadian International Development Agency.
> 
> After U.S. Marines seized Aristide on Feb. 29, 2004, and flew him to 
the Central African Republic, the interim government recruited heavily 
from the U.S./Canadian-financed anti-Aristide opposition movement. 
This included groups that Arthur supports. For instance, PAPDA leader 
Yves Andre Wainwright became environment minister.
> 
> 
> Furthermore, the British-based organization Christian Aid provides 
funding to Arthur’s Haiti Support Group. Christian Aid receives money 
from the U.S. government through grants from USAID.
> 
> Witnesses in London have also accused Arthur of distributing the 
telephone numbers and home address of Kolbe, which resulted in 
numerous death threats and two bomb scares that are under 
investigation by US and British authorities.
> 
> Arthur’s efforts to undermine the Lancet report deserves to be firmly 
rejected.
> 
> 
> 
> ********************************************************
> 
> Celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Vertières: diverse 
sectors denounce the presence of a foreign force on the nation's soil
> 
>  Port-au-Prince, November 20, 2006 (AHP); Haitian President René 
Garcia Préval placed a wreath of flowers Saturday at the 
Champ-de-Mars Square in Port-au-Prince to honor the memory of the 
heroes of Vertières, in the presence of members of the diplomatic corps 
and the government, including Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis.
> 
> November 18 marked the 203rd anniversary of the Battle of Vertières, 
the last great battle of the indigenous army to liberate Haiti from 
French-imposed slavery.  
> 
> Jacques Edouard Alexis highlighted to all Haitians on this occasion 
what this battle represents symbolically for Haiti, that is, unity.    
> 
> He urged all sectors of national life to put aside their differences in 
order to work together toward the establishment of a state truly 
characterized by the rule of law.  
> 
> It is with bitterness, he observed, that we celebrate the 203rd 
anniversary of the Battle of Vertières with the presence of a UN force on 
our territory.  
> 
> He emphasized that the foreign forces did not come all by themselves. 
We did everything possible, he said, to open the road to them. However, 
he said, every effort must be made to rid the country of this occupation.  
> 
> The celebration of the 203rd anniversary of Vertières also prompted 
demonstrations.  
> 
> Students from the School of Social Sciences called once more for the 
departure of MINUSTAH, chanting slogans opposing their presence.  
> 
> Two of them were injured by gunshots fired by a security officer at a 
private bank in the capital.  
> 
> This situation led them to chant slogans hostile to the wealthy classes 
of the country. "The bourgeois shot at us; they should leave along with 
MINUSTAH", shouted the students from the School of Social Sciences 
who were allied through the anti-Aristide GNB campaign with the same 
middle class they are now criticizing.  
> 
> The HPN agency reported that these students smashed the 
windshields of several MINUSTAH vehicles and assaulted three 
Philippine soldiers who were able to take refuge in one of the UN bases 
in the center of the capital.  
> 
> Residents of the populist district of  Cité Soleil also demonstrated 
against the presence of the UN force which, they claimed, has seized all 
of the funds that were supposedly disbursed on behalf of Haiti.  
> 
> They called for better living conditions and appealed to President 
Rene Preval to focus on their situation.  
> 
> " President Préval is our president. It is we who enabled him to win. 
He should not forget us merely to benefit those who opposed him in the 
elections", said some of the protestors.  
> 
> In Cap-Haïtien, thousands of demonstrators also called for the 
departure of the foreign troops.  
> 
> The protesters compared the presence of foreigners on Haitian soil to 
a form of modern slavery.  
> 
> In Jacmel, a Te Deum mass was celebrated to commemorate the 
203rd anniversary of the Battle of Vertières, in the presence of local 
authorities.  
> 
>  Father Rony Fabien, who led the mass, observed that despite this 
battle, Haiti continues to live in slavery because it is occupied by foreign 
soldiers.  
> 
> An evening discussion forum was also held with the participation of 
politicians, social science professors and other city notables.  
> 
> In February 2004, when armed bands sowed death in most of the 
country's big cities, looting and setting fire to police stations, President  
Jean-Bertrand Aristide sought foreign aid to neutralize the attackers.  
> 
> This aid was refused. However, just several hours after President 
Aristide's departure brought about under pressure from foreign quarters 
in the morning of February 29, 2004, US Marines landed in Haiti and 
were later replaced by a UN mission (MINUSTAH) that helped the 
interim regime of Gérard Latortue stay in power for two years.  
> 
> AHP November 20, 2006 12:05 PM
> 
> **********************************************
> 
> November 24, 2006
> The Clashes in Cité Soleil
> The UN Fails Haiti, Again
> 
> By KIM IVES
> http://www.counterpunch.org/ives11242006.html
> 
> On Friday, November 18, 1803, the decisive battle of the Haitian 
revolution was fought at Vertières, just outside the northern city of Cap 
Français. There, General Jean-Jacques Dessalines led the 
revolutionary army of former slaves to rout Napoleon's crack French 
colonial legions.
> 
> Two hundred and three years later, Haitians are again trying to drive 
out foreign occupation troops, today mostly drawn from an assortment 
of neo-colonies fighting under the United Nations' flag.
> 
> On Friday, November 17, 2006, a major and symbolic confrontation of 
this struggle unfolded in the dusty, bullet-riddled slum of Cité Soleil, 
Port-au-Prince's largest.
> 
> A demonstration commemorating the Battle of Vertières was planned 
for 10 a.m. by Cité Soleil residents. But, beginning in the early morning 
hours, troops of the U.N. Mission to Stabilize Haiti or MINUSTAH 
surrounded the slum, peppering it with gunfire to intimidate the 
demonstrators.
> 
> "I arrived at the Cité Soleil market in a Haïti Progrès vehicle--clearly 
marked as press--with three colleagues at about 10 a.m.," explained 
Berthony Dupont who wrote a moving eye-witness account of the attack 
in this week's edition of the newspaper, Haïti Progrès. "Immediately, we 
heard bursts of automatic gunfire, and several U.N. armored vehicles 
pulled in front of our car, shooting wildly into houses and alleys of the 
slum. The residents responded with rocks and small-arms fire. The 
scene reminded me of the televised reports I have seen from the war in 
Iraq, or even more so, of Israeli attacks on the Palestinians in Gaza and 
the West Bank."
> 
> The U.N. tanks crashed through a marketplace, destroying small 
merchants' stalls, Dupont said. He saw a bleeding, wounded market 
woman whom a UN soldier had shot in the back. Residents told the 
journalists that the UN troops had shot and killed a child in the 
Bois-Neuf neighborhood several blocks away.
> 
> "I found tears of anger and shame streaming down my face as I 
impotently watched this scene unfold," Dupont said. "I understood then 
and there that the people of Cité Soleil are in a state of war with the 
MINUSTAH and cannot under any circumstances lay down their 
weapons as the government and UN are asking. That would be 
suicide."
> 
> Despite the machine-gunfire coming from the U.N. tanks, the 
journalists managed to weave their way into Cité Soleil and interview 
some of the residents. "I've already lost a sister and a brother to the 
MINUSTAH's bullets," a man in his twenties explained. "That's why I 
want the MINUSTAH to leave Haiti immediately."
> 
> Some 6,700 U.N. troops and 1,600 U.N. police are deployed 
throughout Haiti under a Security Council mandate that lasts until 
February 15, 2007. In June 2004, the MINUSTAH replaced the U.S., 
French and Canadian troops which invaded and occupied Haiti after 
U.S. Special Forces soldiers kidnaped President Jean-Bertrand Aristide 
from his home on February 29, 2004 and flew him into exile.
> 
> President René Préval's government has invited the MINUSTAH to 
stay in Haiti indefinitely, claiming the 5,300-member Haitian police force 
cannot maintain order in Haiti. The U.S. Embassy is also pushing for a 
long-term occupation, portraying Haiti as a state "at risk" of failure. But 
many Haitians, particularly those in Cité Soleil, respond that the 
MINUSTAH only creates instability and enforces injustice.
> 
> "We spent two years fighting against the de facto government of 
[Prime Minister Gérard] Latortue and [President Alexandre] Boniface," 
said a thin man in his thirties. "Now we have elected someone [Préval] 
to power, but we are ashamed of his conduct."
> 
> The MINUSTAH's base in Cité Soleil is a three-story cinder block 
building whose doors and windows are completely filled with 
sandbags. Soldiers dash from the hatches of UN tanks to the safety of 
the base as if they are under attack rather than attacking.
> 
> The base dominates Cité Soleil's principal market place, which has 
been cleared of all commerce. It was renovated only three years ago by 
President Aristide. One of the residents' principal demands is return of 
the marketplace to the small merchants, who are now forced to hawk 
amid the dust, garbage and exhaust fumes of the slum's roadsides.
> 
> By around noon, skirmishing had died down enough that word went 
out for the demonstration to start. Rara bands from three different 
neighborhoods began playing and marching simultaneously. One 
passed in front of the MINUSTAH base. Then all three converged with 
over 1000 demonstrators to march through the streets of the 
cordoned-off slum.
> 
> "Today, on the eve of the anniversary of Vertières, we remember the 
example of our ancestors who struggled for independence," said 
Jean-Paul (whose last name is withheld for security reasons), a young 
popular organization leader in Cité Soleil. "We want to demand our 
rights, express our discontent with how the foreigners are abusing us. 
They kill old people and children. They destroy homes, schools, 
hospitals and churches. They destroy everything. We are demanding 
that they return our territory to us."
> 
> During the interview, automatic weapon fire from the five U.N. tanks in 
the near-by intersection continued to crackle.
> 
> "We are ready to die," Jean-Paul continued. "We call on Jean-Jacques 
Dessalines to rise, Capois Lamort to rise, Toussaint Louverture to rise 
from wherever they are to return to Haiti and help us continue this fight 
so that Haiti can emerge from this situation. We are supposedly 
independent, but we are not free! We are not independent! Can we 
Haitians allow the foreigners to bury us? Never! Never!"
> 
> As demonstrators poured into the streets for the demonstration, they 
carried portraits of Aristide, still exiled in South Africa, and chanted 
slogans: "No matter what, MINUSTAH must leave!"
> 
> Other portraits seen on walls around Cité Soleil are of Emmanuel 
"Dred" Wilmer, a local popular leader killed along with dozens of other 
slum residents in a murderous MINUSTAH raid on July 6, 2005, and of 
Che Guevara.
> 
> Residents said that




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