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Call to Action – Friday 30 Sept 2016
7th International Day in Solidarity with Haiti
LONDON: JOIN US OUTSIDE THE US EMBASSY 1-2pm
25th anniversary of the US-backed military coup that overthrew the Lavalas government of democratically elected and much loved President Aristide on 30 September 1991
In response to the January 2016 Call for Solidarity from Haiti’s Popular Movement (“We will not obey”), friends of Haiti are organising public events in many US cities. In the UK, we will be holding a solidarity protest outside the US embassy in London.
Join us in raising these just demands of the Haitian people:
The irresistible momentum of Haiti’s non-stop mass movement – with tens of thousands in the streets almost daily for many months – has forced the annulment of the fraudulent 2015 elections aimed at imposing a US-favoured candidate. The new election date is 9 Oct 2016. But the US embassy and its allies are scheming to block Haiti’s most popular political party, Fanmi Lavalas, and thwart the popular will in this election. Friends of Haiti must do what they’ve done six times before on “International Days”, organise public events in support of the fighting people of Haiti on or about Friday 30.
In 2015, after being excluded from elections for 11 years following a second US-sponsored coup in 2004, the Lavalas party was finally able to run candidates again. Ever since, people in poor areas all over Haiti have come out to support Maryse Narcisse’s grassroots campaign endorsed by former President Aristide.
Over 200 years ago, Haitians rose up and overthrew both slavery and colonial rule. Now, when the enemies of freedom and sovereignty are attempting to re-colonise and re-enslave Haiti, we must act in solidarity, in the spirit of Haitian resistance. This is a critical time for Haiti. Join us! Let us know what events you are planning for 30 Sept.
Resources: ● Video: Aristide and Maryse Narcisse campaigning (29 Aug 2016) ● Why remember Sept. 30, 1991 ● Call for Solidarity from 68 Haitian grassroots organizations (“We will not obey”) ● SF Labor Council Resolution for Haiti ● Haiti Action Committee (Aug) ● Film: We Must Kill the Bandits
Previous International Days in Solidarity with Haiti, 2005-2015 – Actions in 107 cities in 29 countries on 5 continents: #1 – Sept. 30, 2005 demonstrations shined a light on massacres by Brazilian-led UN troops in Cite Soleil, Bel Air and other strongholds of the Lavalas popular movement. #2 – Feb. 7, 2007, commemorating the date in 1986 when dictator “Baby Doc” Duvalier was forced to leave the country by the tremendous mass movement of Haiti’s poor majority – called Lavalas (flash flood) and led by a parish priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. #3 – Feb. 29, 2008, commemorating the date in 2004 when US, French and Canadian military invaded Haiti, kidnapping President Aristide from his home after midnight and flying him to exile in Africa on a US military plane. #4 – Jan. 2010 – Haiti emergency earthquake solidarity week. #5 – Feb. 28, 2014. #6 – Dec. 16, 2015, commemorating the date of Haiti’s first free election in 1990, when Father Aristide swept into the Presidency with 2/3 of the vote, on a platform of social & economic justice for the poor majority – only to be overthrown 7 months later in a US-backed military coup on 9/30/1991.
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