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Haiti: On the January 9 (2006) Strike

category central america / caribbean | imperialism / war | press release author Sunday January 08, 2006 21:22author by BO - Batay Ouvriyéauthor email batay at batayouvriye dot org Report this post to the editors

January 6th, 2006

For us of Batay Ouvriye, this is a call that is directly and openly against our interests, we of the popular masses. In the solution they are requesting – and building -, the strike is a first step. The next will be against us, since already in the first one, they don’t take into account the true nature and true forms of OUR problems in the question of insecurity. In truth, broadly shooting down residents of the popular neighborhoods (the strike heads might as well ask for bombs to be dropped massively on them) solves the gang problem, for all they are concerned.
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Batay Ouvriye firmly opposes the strike call put out for January 9th, 2006. Yes, we realize the MINUSTAH politicians are mocking the population, while supposedly “stabilizing”, they’re actually reinforcing their domination day after day. Yes, we clearly know the MINUSTAH soldiers are establishing all sorts of rackets with the very gangs they’re supposed to be fighting. Yes, we clearly think that the directionless violence these gangs are operating should be completely eliminated from the country (it isn’t in favor of the workers, it is against the masses themselves, as we just denounced it and demonstrated it in our last January 2nd communiqué).


But we also clearly know also that:


1. The group which sent out this appeal has never been in solidarity in the least with all the mobilization of worker and popular organizations who’ve been attempting to fight against the rising cost of living and gas prices, or in support of the small merchants and cooperative members whose money was stolen, etc… Quite the contrary, they benefited from the misery spreading out over all the popular masses from day to day. They’re the big businessmen establishing the prices of all the products and as long as their own profits were guaranteed by the government, then they were all set.


2. The group who called out for the strike is settling is own business, period. It’s solving its minor disagreements with the MINUSTAH. It’s not that it is against the presence of foreign troops occupying the country. On the contrary, it wishes to reinforce the troops’ presence and thinks, works, in order for this to occur.


3. Actually, this group supports the blind massacres the MINUSTAH is carrying out in our neighborhoods, since it even asks for them to happen more, openly declaring there should be a pre-existing fund to “help” the number of innocent victims destined to be killed in our neighborhoods!


For us of Batay Ouvriye, this is a call that is directly and openly against our interests, we of the popular masses. In the solution they are requesting – and building -, the strike is a first step. The next will be against us, since already in the first one, they don’t take into account the true nature and true forms of OUR problems in the question of insecurity. In truth, broadly shooting down residents of the popular neighborhoods (the strike heads might as well ask for bombs to be dropped massively on them) solves the gang problem, for all they are concerned.


This is why we don’t support this call in the least. Even if, for us in the popular masses, the problem of gang and MINUSTAH widespread violence has to find a solution, it is not in the form the bourgeois are seeking to ram it down our throats that we should accept it to be solved. Our problem doesn’t have the same nature as theirs and the solution they’re suggesting, while appearing to have common immediate interests with ours, will immediately turn against us.


OUR solution is in our struggle and independent organization, in which the true nature and form of the problem are clear and guiding our action. In our neighborhoods, we can find the way to vanquish the terror and repression both the gangs and the MINUSTAH are leading against us in the context of a truly popular resistance with the workers in central position. The solution certainly isn’t in lending our strength to the bourgeois who immediately intend to have these forces come annihilate us blindly!


DOWN WITH THE STRIKE ORDER THAT’S PREPARING A BLOODBATH AGAINST US!


FORWARD THE STRUGGLE AND INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATION OF THE POPULAR MASSES, WITH THE WORKERS IN CENTRAL POSITION!

Related Link: http://www.batayouvriye.org/
author by BO - Batay Ouvriyépublication date Sun Jan 08, 2006 21:27author address author phone Report this post to the editors

SOU GRÈV LENDI 9 JANVYE 2006 LA
Pòtoprens, 6 janvye 2005

Batay Ouvriye opoze l ak tout fèmte a apèl grèv ki fèt pou lendi 9 janvye 2006 la. Wi, nou wè politisyen MINUSTAH yo, se yon jwèt titile y ap fè ak popilasyon an kote, nan sipoze “estabilize”, se dominasyon yo y ap ranfòse jou an jou. Wi, nou klè militè MINUSTAH yo rantre nan tout kalite rakèt ak pwòp gang yo sanse ap konbat la yo. Wi, nou panse klèman vyolans san direksyon sa a gang yo ap opere a dwe eliminen nan peyi a nèt (li pa an favè travayè, li kont mas yo menm, jan nou fèk denonse l e demontre l klèman nan dènye kominike 2 janvye nou a).


Men nou klè tou :


1. Gwoup ki lanse apèl sa a pa janm manke solidarize l ak tout mobilizasyon òganizasyon travayè ak popilè k ap chache goumen kont lavichè, kont pri gaz, pou ti machann, pou sosyetè ki pèdi kòb yo nan koperativ elatriye... Okontrè, se benefisye yo t ap benefisye lamizè k ap blayi sou mas popilè yo jou an jou a. Se yo ki gwo komèsan ki fikse pri tout pwodyi e depi yo menm yo te jwenn benefis yo nan men gouvènman an, yo fini.


2. Gwoup ki lanse apèl pou grèv la, se zafè pa li l ap regle tou sèl. Se ti kont li genyen ak MINUSTAH. Se pa ke yo kont prezans yon fòs etranjè okipasyon nan peyi a. Okontrè, yo ta menm renmen ranfòsman l e yo panse, y ap travay, pou se solisyon sa a ki vini.


3. Gwoup sa a tou di li apiye masak avèg MINUSTAH ap fè nan katye nou yo, etan done yo menm mande pou sa fèt piplis, kote yo deklare ouvètman fòk gen yon fon ki pou tou la pou “ede” kantite viktim inosan ki pral tonbe nan katye nou yo!


Pou nou menm nan Batay Ouvriye, se yon apèl ki dirèkteman e ouvèteman kont enterè nou menm nan mas popilè yo. Nan solisyon y ap mande - e konstwi - a, grèv la se yon premye pa. Lòt la se kont nou l ap ye, etan done depi nan premye pa a, yo pa kenbe kont de vre nati ak vre fòm pwoblèm PA NOU nan kesyon ensekirite a. Vreman vre, pou rezoud pwoblèm gang yo, depi yo mitraye katye popilè yo an laj (yo ta ka menm mande lage de bonm alawonnbadè!), pwoblèm pa yo regle.


Se poutèt sa, nou pa kanpe ak kalite modòd sa a pyès. Menm si, pou nou menm nan mas popilè yo, pwoblèm ensekirite laterè ni gang ni MINUSTAH ap blayi a, dwe jwenn yon solisyon, se pa nan fòm boujwa yo vle foure nan gagann nou pou nou asepte regle li. Pa nou a pa gen menm nati ak pa yo a e solisyon y ap pwopoze a, si li ka parèt gen de enterè imedya ak ki menm ak enterè pa nou, depi nan pwochen pa a, se kont nou tout nan mas pèp la l ap ye.


Solisyon PA NOU, se nan lit ak òganizasyon pwòp pa nou, kote vre nati ak fòm enterè pa nou, se yo ki pou la e gide aksyon nou. Nan katye nou yo, n ap rive jwenn bout represyon laterè ni gang yo ni MINUSTAH ap blayi kont nou nan kad yon vre rezistans popilè ak travayè yo kòm potomitan. Se pa nan al fè fòs ak boujwa ki touswit touswit gen lentansyon vin fè yo mitraye nou avègleman !


ABA MODÒD GRÈV K AP PREPARE YON BENY SAN AVÈG SOU NOU!


VIV LIT AK ÒGANIZASYON OTONÒM MAS POPILÈ YO
AK TRAVAYÈ YO KÒM POTO MITAN!

author by Haiti Support Group - Haiti Support Grouppublication date Mon Jan 09, 2006 22:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Progressive organizations denounce the private sector work-stoppage - 9 January 2005 - Haiti Support Group press release

Progressive organizations working with the Haitian poor to help them resolve the many problems they face have denounced the work-stoppage called by the Haitian Chamber of Commerce.

The country's largest business association has urged businesses to stay closed and parents to keep their children out of school today, 9 January, to protest a wave of kidnappings and to pressure the United Nations peacekeeping mission to take more aggressive measures against the gangs that operate in Port-au-Prince slum areas.

Batay Ouvriye, a workers' organization that has helped organize unions of workers from the capital's slum areas for over ten years, issued a statement "firmly opposing" the 'strike' call.

Batay Ouvriye, while highly critical of the performance of the UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSTAH) and the "directionless violence" carried out by the gangs, declares that the Haitian bourgeoisie is the cause of much of the insecurity and instability in the country. "The group which sent out this appeal has never been in solidarity in the least with all the mobilizations of workers and popular organizations who've been attempting to fight against the rising cost of living and gas prices, or in support of the small merchants and cooperative members
whose money was stolen, etc. Quite the contrary, they benefit from the misery spreading amongst the popular masses from day to day."

Another progressive organization, Mouvman Demokratik Popilè (MODEP, the Democratic Popular Movement) that has been active in the Collective to Mobilize against the High Cost of Living's recent campaign, also denounced the private sector for its professed concern for the Haitian people.

The MODEP statement declares, "We are living in a society where a small group of people has its hands on all the wealth and, as a result, the vast majority live in poverty...This situation means that in slum areas all over the country, people are dying of hunger and others are living on the edge."

The MODEP also reminds people that private sector's Group of 184 platform was heavily involved with one of the gangs that has been active in the violence in Cite Soleil, and that a leading bourgeois personality is implicated
in the kidnappings that have terrorized the capital's inhabitants. The MODEP statement
declares, "actors that participate in and feed the climate of insecurity are not capable of combating it.".

Both Batay Ouvriye and MODEP alert the population to the private sector's attempt to use the situation to further its own interests, and instead call on the people to organize themselves to address their own interests.

Batay Ouvriye declares, "We can find the way to vanquish the terror and repression that both the gangs and the MINUSTAH are leading against us in the form of a truly popular resistance with the workers in central position."

The MODEP states, "The people and progressive organizations must get ready to
fight for their own interests by combining the struggle against insecurity with the struggle against the high cost of living and unemployment, so that society is transformed for the benefit of the poor masses."

Related Link: http://www.haitisupport.gn.apc.org
author by Anarkismo Editorial Group - Anarkismopublication date Wed Jan 11, 2006 06:17author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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