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Report on the Haiti Solidarity Day demo (Dublin)

category central america / caribbean | imperialism / war | news report author Thursday February 08, 2007 20:58author by Paddy Rua - WSM Report this post to the editors

No one in struggle is forgotten

Brief report of the Dublin activity in solidarity with the Haitian people struggle on the 7th of February
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The 7th of February is quite an important day in Haitian recent history and we would dare to say that is a very important day for the working class' struggles all overthe world -that's the day of the fall of the Duvalier's tyranny back in 1986. Since then, there has been demonstrations in Haiti commemorating that milestone in their struggle for liberation, but at the same time, to remind the people that there's still a long way of struggles ahead.

The Workers Solidarity Movement (WSM) and the Latin American Solidarity Centre (LASC) in Ireland, decided to stage a demonstration outside the Brazilian embassy that day, to show our solidarity with the Haitian people's struggle. As decided we met at 6:30. The picket line, consisting of a fluctuating number of around 25 people, lasted until 7:00 o'clock. We chanted slogans against the UN military occupation and against the Latin American troops present in the mission. Some curious people came to talk with us about what was going on in Haiti and we told them and handed some leaflets explaining the reason of our visit.

We sent once again a clear message: no one is forgotten, we are not indifferent to no struggle and coming from the working class, our sympathy will always lie with the workers and the poor who struggle for freedom and equality. Our struggle is the same struggle as those in Haiti or anywhere that imperialism and capitalism oppresses and exploits the masses.

End the Military Occupation of Haiti!

For a Socialist and Libertarian Alternative to the current global crisis!

Related Link: http://www.anarkismo.net/centralamericacaribbean

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author by nestor - Anarkismopublication date Thu Feb 08, 2007 21:18author address author phone Report this post to the editors

This article in Italian:

Related Link: http://www.anarkismo.net/newswire.php?story_id=4850
author by Jean-Picpublication date Fri Feb 09, 2007 00:07author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Our enemies have too many access in our land; from the churrches(christianity) , their organizations, to their embassies which they use to continuously destabilze our country. Haiti must limits or ceases its relationship with the WEST and start looking toward the EAST; otherwise we might as well get use to these degradations

author by Haiti Information Project - HIPpublication date Fri Feb 09, 2007 01:41author email hip at teledyol dot netauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

The photo used the demonstration originated with a story written by the Haiti Information Project (HIP)

The story was entitled;

UN in Haiti accused of second massacre
Horrifying evidence surfaces contradicting UN denials

The full story with photos can be accessed at:

http://haitiaction.net/News/HIP/1_21_7/1_21_7.html

Please check out www.haitiaction.net for HIP breaking news on the situation in Haiti

For more information on HIP:

http://www.teledyol.net/HIP/about.html

Related Link: http://www.haitiaction.net
author by José Antonio Gutiérrezpublication date Fri Feb 09, 2007 14:45author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Dear Jean-Pic, it is true that imperialism has wide open doors in our countries (not only in Haiti -the same could be said of most of Latin America, Africa and indeed Asia) and they use this in their own benefit, degrading, as you say, our peoples to unimaginable extents. However, they who open the doors to imperialism are many times the very local dominant classes who depend on imperialism (whether in economic or military terms, as the Haitian case dramatically demonstrates).

It is a great truth that the drama of Latin America is that since our formal independence our eyes have been fixed in the metropolis. But this, by no means, is due to a psychological weakness of our dominant classes or the people at large. This fixation is anchored in very specific economic conditions of dependance and because of our particular place in the capitalist global economy, as peripherical "markets" unable to get any significant economic dynamism.

Because of that, I'm not too sure if looking to the East will mean any solution to the final problem of dependancy and imperialism in Latin America. China is growing to become a global super-power that probably quite soon will be in a position to seriously dispute US hegemony. Yet, I can't see in what way will they be any different to what the US was up to now. Back in the XIXth Century, many liberals in Latin America harboured hopes that the US influence over our region was going to be more progressive than, let's say, the influence of old Europe (Spain, England, France, mainly) and see what happened!

I'm well persuaded that any country, no matter what their colour, race, religion or language, in the same circumstances of dominating another, will behave in similar fashion as the US or the UK have behaved up to the present. I can't see any reason why China would be different. It is the iron-logic of capitalism and imperialism, that go hand in hand. Look even the role of the Latin American governments in the Haiti invasion, even of "progressives" Brazil and Bolivia.

This is why I would reject the view that we have to go East. For long our eyes have been fixed far away in the lands of imperialist masters. It is the time to fix them back where they should be. I'm well persuaded, too, that the ultimate solution to the backwardness and dependance of Latin America and Haiti lies at home, in the hearts of its very people. Only our own people, from the bottom up, will be able to finish the capitalist system that is the root cause of all this degradations and bring about a new society, born to satisfy the moral and physical needs specific to its people. This remains as true for Haiti as for anywhere else. And on this revolutionary road we need to learn from the past experience of revolutions both east and west, both north and south, because that legacy, the lessons we can draw from them are of universal value.

So let's look back at home, let's fix our eyes in our own abilities, but do never forget that there's people all over the world, east, west, north and south, that will become our borthers and sisters in this road to the universal liberation, of which Latin America and Haiti are just part of. As our comrades in Dublin demonstrates, there's people all over the world making your cause their own cause.

author by Joel Sanspeurpublication date Fri Feb 09, 2007 23:15author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Jose,
Thank you for such an eloquent expression of our independent thought in solving our own problems in Haiti and Latin America. The traditional bourgeoisie and the new lavalas bureaucratic bourgeoisie are both organically linked to monopoly capitalism/imperialism. They are the ones who have opened up the country to imperialist domination, occupation and tutelage. They begged for the occupation of Haiti in three instances: in 1915, 1994, and 2004. The last two occupations were called for by both the lavalas bourgeois leadership and the traditional bourgeoisie. It so happened that this time the lavalas bourgeois leadership was not the beneficiary of the occupation.
You are right. The solution to Haiti's problems lie within the Haitian Workers, Poor Peasants, and Toiling Masses. It is their autonomous/independent struggles with the toiling masses as the backbone under the leadership of the working-class that can permanently solve the problems of Haiti.

author by JHpublication date Sat Nov 17, 2007 03:46author email cyberkismet5 at yahoo dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Gosh when are people going to stop imposing their intellectual ultra-left garbage on Haiti. Lavalas bourgeosie?! What a load of pretense. You obviously have not spent much time on the ground thereor you'd see how remote your views really are. Unless your Yannick Etienne or Batay Ouvire, in which case you'd do better to mind your own garden. Charles Arthur and Batay have done a great job of pulling the wool over European's eyes about Haiti. I only hope folks have enough sense to get over there themselves to see what's really going on instead of relying on haters like these folks.

author by Paddy Rua - WSMpublication date Sat Nov 17, 2007 07:39author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Usually I would not deal with comments as senseless as the above one, but given the fact that I already bothered to reply a silly comment on Haiti in some other thread, I'm in the mood of replying to another one.

First of all, Joel Sanspeur is a name which sounds pretty Haitian to me. So I don't understand:

a. why do you dare to say "You obviously have not spent much time on the ground" to a Haitian person!

b. why do you assume that only Yannick Etienne can hold socialist ideas in Haiti. The fact is that there's far more people, unorganised, but far more than just the one.

c. Why do you assume that person is writing from Europe and that is in any way influenced by a mild NGO as the Haitian Support Group of Charles Arthur.

The only reasonable explanation I find is that you are a student from the US and, as such, you think you know it all. And then, as you are so close to the Alimighty after a season in UCLA or the MIT, or in any university of California, you believe to be entitled to insult other people out of the blue instead of discussing with arguments. (probably you are the same US student who cheerleads Lavalas and that, under various nicknames, write to this website to criticize everything Batay Ouvriye does or say). This kind of attitudes really show that you lack arguments or you lack the ability to discuss.

Funnily enough, you name a number of people not linked at all to the above post and then you label them as "haters" -while all you display in your comments is pure irrational hatred and zero capacity to discuss. You talk about some people "imposing their agenda on Haiti", and it seems to me that this is what you and the rest of cheerleaders from the US have been doing as well. Tell me the difference please.

Now, going to the objection you have to the comment, there was actually some bourgeois support for Lavalas, tiny as most of the Haitian bourgeoisie is makout, but not so irrelevant altogether. Remember only one of the most famous martyrs of Lavalas, Antoine Izmery, was a businessman, that is, a proper bourgeois. Or you did not learn at college what a social class is?

Au revoir!

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