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[quote]JOIN IN THE FREE HAITI MOVEMENTTomorrow, May 18, 2005, is Haiti's Flag Day. One thing is certain. An unarmed Haitian will die from a bullet tomorrow. A U.N. bullet, a U.S. bullet, a Canadian Bullet, A French bullet, A Brazilian bullet - all the nationalities are in on the hunting game for Haitian blood.

An innocent Haitian will die protesting more than a year of occupation and massive repression brought on by the Western-backed Feb. 29, 2004 Coup D'etat. Haitians cannot celebrate Flag Day tomorrow.

Last year 9 demonstrators died under the bullets of the Haitian "police" and firepower cover of the U.S. Marines. Other bodies were taken away in body bags and never released to the families.

Last year, no mainstream press mentioned these deaths.

In fact, the habit of the press is to
mention that the killings in Haiti of Lavalas supporters started after September 30, 2005. Haitians know differently. For, last May 18th Haitians faced down U.S. Marines, shouting "Liberty or death" and "Bring back Aristide."

We wrote about this, for the San Francisco Bayview, in an article entitled " At least 9-demonstrators killed during huge march on Haiti's flag day". See, ... view5.html

Today we write to remember those fallen last year and pray the numbers to fall tomorrow will not be so many. We write to remember that one Haitian woman last year who REFUSED to give up the body of an unarmed demonstrator shot dead by the U.S.-backed Latortue police.

Last year, detailing what had happened on May 18, 2004, we wrote "One Haitian woman seized the fourth body when it fell next to her, refused to give it to the Marines. She removed ALL her clothes to show she had no weapons while Marines surrounded her at gunpoint as she cursed in Kreyol (Creol
e), calling on the revolutionary ancestors and shouting "Liberte ou lamo!" She picked up the dead body herself and put it on her bare back, daring the Marines to kill her also while she carried it away.

People who saw this cannot stop talking about it, nor marveling and crying, all at the same time. Reportedly, the "blan" (the "white" soldiers) looked at each other, shook their heads and backed off, letting her carry the body which she wrapped around her naked torso in a huge blue and red Haitian flag. All the while singing, "Bring back Aristide" and "Liberty or death."

That was last year.

Today, more Haitians organizing tomorrow's demonstrations were arrested. All in an effort to prevent the marchers from taking to the streets tomorrow. Last year to intimidate, it was folksinger So Ann who was arrested. One year later, So Ann, a Haitian grandmother and community activist who was planning the demonstration for last May 18, 2004, she is still in prison with no clue as to a trial or rele

Two days ago MINUSTAH went to Bel Air and arrested Romualt Dufresne and Ti Joe just as the Marines last year arrested So Ann. Romualt Dufresne and Ti Joe are two well-known community organizers. Many others have been reported arrested by MINUSTAH in Bel Air and turned over to the Haitian police. The forceful silencing of Haiti's pro-democracy voices continues.

According to our source, Romaualt Dufresne was severely beaten by a "police" named Nasson. Both Ti Joe and Romualt Dufresne's families and friends fear they will just be executed and buried in mass graves like the others taken out of Cite Soleil, Bel Air and other poor neighborhood since Labanye's death and never seen again, not even from behind bars in prison.

What are we doing about this foreign-sponsored killing of Blacks in Haiti?

For one year, pro-democracy advocates concerned about Haiti have tried to get the world's attention. To mobilize the world to help stop this U.N./US/Canada/France sanctioned slaughter i
n Haiti.

Tomorrow, on the occasion of Haiti's flag day, we launch the Free Haiti Movement. ... nsors.html

Tomorrow, all over the world, groups in solidarity with the masses in Haiti will be taking ACTION. They will be sending letters to support the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network's Haiti Resolution. ... r_res.html

In New York, we will be demonstrating in Brooklyn and delivering our demands for the 22Billion France extorted from the people of Haiti to the French consulate.

All our friends are invited to sign the Petition and send letters to the French consulate. ... ution.html

We will be on radio shows all over the world delivering ONE message to the marchers who will face down US/MINUSTAH and Latortue's bullets:

Ayisyen: You Are Not Alone!
Dessaline Is Rising.

By our actions, we shall be saying
to the Haitian demonstrators and marchers: You shall not walk or die on this freedom road alone or in vain. We are flying Dessalines liberating colors on May 18, 2005 worldwide to honor your courage; your right to self-determination, self-respect and self-defense. To stand in solidarity the resistance inside and outside of Haiti to the U.S./Canada/France-backed Coup D'etat and foreign occupation of Haiti.

All, and there are so far almost 100 organizations from all over the world) who signed-on to the May 18, 2005 International Solidarity Day With Haiti, all the sponsors support the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network's Haiti Resolution calling for a stop to the killings, rapes and political persecutions; return to Constitutional rule; release of all political prisoners; disarm, prosecute and bring the death squads, ex-military, paramilitaries, renegade police and Coup D'etat orchestrators to justice; to not remobilize the former military or reconstitute human rights violators into the police force; g
ive temporary protected status to fleeing Haitian refugees, and support calls by CARICOM, OAS, African Union, Congressional Black Caucus for investigations into foreign powers' role in the coup D'etat.

There will be teach-ins, rallies and lectures, on May 18, 2005 and continuing until Haiti is FREE, about Haiti's historical accomplishments, the unmatched achievements of the LAVALAS movement; vigils, pickets outside embassies and U.N. buildings; audio and video streaming for internet and DVD distribution of testimony from victims and resisters of the coup D'etat; letter campaigns, media outreach campaigns, the wearing and flying of the blue and red colors of Haiti; and, the sacrilege of last year's bicentennial coup, shall be remembered as Africans and Haiti's friends worldwide commit to fax, call-in and deliver to French Embassies and Consulates worldwide the petition from The People of Haiti demanding that France pays back the 22 Billion dollars it extorted from Haiti after i
ts people had broken the chains of racial slavery to win their independence.

All people of conscience are invited to ANSWER these marchers and demonstrators calls. They've been dying for more than a year making the same call.


Go to a march happening in your city. Join a Haiti solidarity coalition. Contact us to sign-on the Free Haiti Movement. Go to our website and using the sample letters, write a letter supporting the Haiti Resolution, sign the petition. (Sample Letter with HLLN appeal and info on the Petition included below. Ask UN to protect the marchers, not shoot them or provide cover as the Haitian "police" kills them.

Marguerite Laurent, Esq.
Chair and Founder
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
May 17, 2005[/quote]

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Urge the United Nations to Protect Protestors

Post by admin » Tue May 17, 2005 8:54 pm

[quote]May 17, 2005

Half Hour For Haiti: Urge the United Nations to Protect Protestors During Flag Day Celebrations

Thank you for everyone who responded to last week's appeal for political prisoner, grandmother and folksinger Annette Auguste, "So Anne." The Haiti Action Committee has collected over 600 signatories for that petition so far, but there is still time to sign on ( Yvon Neptune, the subject of the previous week's alert, is still alive, but still in prison. His condition continues to get worse (updates are available under "Recent News" at

This week's action is more time-sensitive than usual: tomorrow, May 18, is Flag Day in Haiti, and several dissident groups have announced protests. We are asking everyone to contact the U
nited Nations, to ensure that the UN fulfill its mandate to protect these protestors from the Haitian National Police, which routinely shoots at unarmed demonstrations. Please take this action, if possible, on Tuesday or Wednesday morning. There will still be a chance to make a difference up through about 3PM ET on Wednesday.

Background: from May 14-18, 1803, black and mulatto military leaders fighting for independence from France came together for the Conference of Arcahaie. Up to that point, the French had been able to exploit divisions among Haitians of different shades, often inducing them to fight each other rather than fighting the slaveowners. But Jean-Jacques Dessalines, helped by the sadistic atrocities of the French Commander, Rochambeau and by French threats to reinstate slavery for all Haitians, was able to forge a united front. On May 18 all the generals agreed to fight under a single flag, and united they won Haiti's independence by the end of that year.

Several organizations
, including supporters of Fanmi Lavalas and student groups are planning marches on May 18, especially in Port-au-Prince, to protest against the disunity that has once again placed Haiti under foreign occupation, and to call for the liberation of political prisoners, the end of political persecution and the return of the constitutional government. Two major peaceful demonstrations this year, on February 28 and April 27, have ended with police shooting at and killing demonstrators (see, Amnesty International Alert on Excessive Use of Force Against Peaceful Demonstrations, April 27, 2005,; Haitian Police Open Fire on Nonviolent March for Democracy,, February 28, 2005, Police have also routinely shot at smaller demonstrations.

The United Nations Support Mission to Haiti (MINUSTAH), has over 7,000 peacekeepers in Haiti, and a mandate from the Security Council to "protect civilians under imminen
t threat of physical violence." Although the UN did aggressively implement the mandate to protect peaceful protestors for a few weeks in the wake of the February 28 killings, the mission has resumed a more cooperative role with the police, and did not intervene to prevent the killings of April 27.

Action: In light of the past routine police killings of protestors, participants in Flag Day marches will be protesting under the imminent threat of violence. Please contact the following UN officials, urging them to ensure that MINUSTAH fulfills its mandate to protect these citizens. Whether you communicate by telephone, email or fax, your communication does not need to be extensive. You can simply state:

"As you know, several organizations are planning demonstrations in Haiti on May 18. Also as you know, on several recent occasions, including April 27 and February 28, Haitian police have fired at unarmed demonstrators. Please ensure that MINUSTAH implements its mandate to protect citizens under
imminent threat of violence by assuring that the Haitian police do not fire at demonstrators on May 18."

Contact information:

MINUSTAH Military Commander in Haiti
Lt. General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira
Fax: 509-244-9366/67
Telephone: 509-244-9650/9660
Salutation: Dear Lt. General Pereira

Commissioner of CIVPOL - the UN Civilian Police in Haiti
Mr. David Beer
Police Commissioner
Fax: + 509 244 9366
Salutation: Dear Commissioner Beer

Thierry Fagart
Director, MINUSTAH Human Rights Division
Telephone: 509-510-3183/85[/quote]

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