10 years since the 2004 Coup … 210 years since Haiti’s Revolution
Haiti Action Committee sent the following letter earlier in February 2014
Monument to Haitian hero Toussaint L’Ouverture in
Parque de la Fraternidad, Havana (By M.Langlois)
we are writing to you, know-
ing your longstanding support for the cause of the Haitian people. As you know, we are approaching the tenth anniversary of the February 29, 2004 coup d’état, engineered by the US, France, and Canada, which has left a brutal legacy of pain and destruction. This is an occasion that cries out to be seized upon by all who oppose the coup and sup- port the popular movement.
In Oakland, the Haiti Action Committee is mark- ing the coup, and the ten years of repressive coup regimes that have followed it, with a celebration of the 210th year of the heroic 1804 Haitian Revolu- tion. The event is happening on March 1 at Hu- manist Hall. Other cities are organizing their own events.
We are writing to see if you would consider holding a Haiti support activity in your area.
The 2014 International Days in Solidarity with the Haitian People will take place February 23 through March 8 (International Women’s Day).
It could be a demonstration, vigil, march, public meeting, festival, film showing, rally, candle- light gathering, teach-in, musical or artistic
event to commemorate the Haitian Revolution and protest the continuation of the 2004 coup. We can supply films or materials if needed.
The actions of US-imposed President Martelly and his ally Jean-Claude Duvalier clearly demon- strate what the 2004 coup was all about. The Hai- tian people are outraged by the step-by-step return of Duvalierism and its embrace by the fraudulently elected Martelly government—which threatens to bring back the hated military—which organizes sweeps of market women and midnight raids on
the camps of earthquake survivors—which con- tinues its repressive vendetta against members
of the majority Lavalas movement, including a threatened indictment of longtime Lavalas leader and former Senator, Myrlande Liberis-Pavert on trumped-up charges.
We support the Haitian people’s demand that Haiti’s sovereignty be respected and that the 2004 coup must be reversed. That would mean:
• Free and fair elections in which all parties can
• Putting an end to the repression and the US/UN
• Rebuilding Haiti the way the Haitian 99 per- cent want it built. Paying a living wage in the factories instead of sweatshop wages… Restor- ing farming self-sufficiency so Haiti can feed itself again … Real Haitian control of mineral resources and aid funds… Schools, housing and health care for the people.