[quote]The crucifixion of Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme by U.N. Troops:
A historical perspective by Marguerite Laurent
In a staged attack, on the night of Oct. 30 -31, 1919, a U.S. soldier named Hanneken, assassinated Charlemagne Peralte, a hero known to all Haitians living today. But that was not the case in 1919. Back then Peralte was a "chimeres," a "bandit" to almost everyone in Haiti except the poor peasantry who where being slaughtered by the U.S. Marines and their then newly formed Haitian "gendarmerie".
Back then, mostly the Haitian peasants protested the occupation and defended Haitian sovereignty. Not the leaders in the Haitian "intellectual" class - neither right wing nor progressive (except perhaps a tiny few such as Rosalvo Bobo). But in the main, the peasantry, not the bourgeoisie,
not the University students, not the Haitian army, carried out the 19-year struggle against occupation in Haiti from 1915 to 1934. Only the poor and a handful from the middle class, but these came on board much later into the occupation. In fact, the University students in Haiti didn't even start demonstrating against the occupation until perhaps 14-years later when the stipends, visas and other benefits they had been given by the U.S. were cut off. That is plain Haitian history. Things haven't changed much today. Promulgating Haitian division with visas, U.S. aid, passports, arms, policing jobs and other rewards, such as the current $26 million to the demobilized ex-soldiers and their re-integration into Haiti new "law and order" apparatus benefits the foreign powers and is a consistent neo-colonial tool for oppression.
Most of those one might call "progressives" who lived during the first U.S. occupation of Haiti, even the communists or socialists of those old days, just like for instance those "p
rogressives" of today, seemed to have been "pacified" or, to have swallowed the logic of the occupation - that Haiti would be modernized, bandits disarmed, Coup D'etat instigators outlawed and electricity and good roads laid in every hamlet. It's been a two-century-old method of divide and conquer and the Haitian bourgeoisie still are programmed to believe in the Western Santa Claus, still are pre-disposed to justify justice only for the rich, murderous alliances with human rights abusers and paid mercenaries. The poor in Haiti still pay with their lives and liberty for these follies (or is it "Foleys") of Haiti's so-called educated classes.
Every time the U.S. enters Haiti militarily, whether in 1915, 1994, or 2004, the public pretext for intervention has generally been to bring stability, democracy and development. Most of the bourgeoisie and schooled Haitians, I say "schooled" Haitians because it's an insult to people with wisdom to label the bulk of the Haitian bourgeoisie or schooled Haiti
ans as "intellectuals."); the point is, most of the bourgeoisie and schooled Haitians always swallow and adapt to foreign intervention because, they argue, the U.S./UN., or Western powers will bring development - electricity, schools, roads, communications, - for instance as in 2004, $1 billion dollars - money to Haiti that would benefit the nation as a whole.
It didn't happen between 1915 and 1934; it didn't happen in 1994, and, U.N./U.S. presence in Haiti in 2004 has certainly not brought Haiti electricity, a living wage, more schools, jobs, or an improvement with the multinational corporate monopolies unfairly affecting indigenous Haitian businesses. The first thing the U.S. soldiers did when they got to Haiti on February 29, 2004 was to take over a medical school and turn it into an army barracks and prison and allow the demobilized soldiers to enter Port-au-Prince, release all the prisoners at the National Penitentiary and start the wholesale slaughter of all supporters of the ousted Constituti
Peralte is entrapped: Jean-Baptiste Conze, a Haitian collaborator with foreign troops in Haiti in 1919, arranged to meet Charlemagne Peralte, a Caco leader resisting the occupation, in a camp outside of Grande Riviere Du Nord.
Conze had promised Peralte he would come to the camp to discuss joining forces. Conze was known to have killed a few U.S. soldiers. Unbeknownst to Peralte, those attacks had been staged in order to give Conze legitimacy with the Caco. After getting the password to Peralte's camp through this subterfuge. Conze infiltrated Peralte's camp with White soldiers - Herman Hanneken and William Button - who had painted their faces black. Conze then pointed Charlemagne Peralte out for the soldiers to kill.
Perhaps this is what will happen to Dread Wilme, the armed suspect accused of defending pro-lavalas people in Cite Soleil against paid police enforcers like Labanye, the ex-military, renegade police and paramilitary. Defending pro-lavalas against sys
tematic and state-sponsored terror is the allege crime and logic for the current U.N. offensive and cordorning off Cite Soleil residents to hunt for Emmanuel Wilme. Like Charlemagne Peralte Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme, may be summarily executed by foreign troops and dragged, as a trophy, through the streets of Haiti to cow the peaceful demonstrators who are demanding return of the Constitutional government; to demoralize, to "shock and awe" the Haitian poor with the overwhelming unjust and illegal power of foreign troops in Haiti.
In fact, a collaborator with the Coup d'etat, Jean Joel Corneille, the magistrate of Cite Soleil, has already publicly offered to the U.N. soldiers intricate details on the whereabouts of Dread Wilme inside one of the neighborhoods of Cite Soleil so that a modern day Hanneken/Button might add a new scalp to the wholesale-killing-belt of Lavalas supporters in Haiti today or perhaps they might even "Fallujah" this area.
What the Powers who oppress poor Haitians do not real
ize is that our struggle is our life. It's in our walk, our common greeting phrases, our songs:
sa ki mouri zafè a yo.
Nan pwen manman nan pwen papa.
Sa ki mouri zafè a yo!!!!
Poor Haitians have already mourned the death of Dread Wilme. We mourn all our deaths. Every waking moment of this coup d'etat has been like dying a thousand times. We will pray that Dread Wilme lives, that he does not die for Haiti. But if he should fall tonight or tomorrow night under the guns of the U.N. Haitian police or CIVPOL, he has already saved at least one Haitian life this year - he has covered himself with glory.
Like all the others falling in Cite Soleil, Bel Air and throughout Haiti, like Charlemagne Peralte, Marie-Jeanne, Claire Heureuse, and Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Haiti's true freedom fighters shall be remembered and sung about long after this latest Coup D'etat's killers have passed into history.
April 21, 2005[/quote]
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