On the eve of the 100 th anniversary of the stealing of Haitian gold reserves and the start of the first US occupation of that country, and amid the growing mobilization and repression in the face of the political crisis – including already several people killed and the reincorporation of MINUSTAH forces in the repression against the thousands who are demonstrating almost daily, some twenty regional organizations and networks in Latin America and the Caribbean manifest their solidarity with their Haitian counterparts.
They pronounce themselves in support of the Haitian people’s struggle for sovereignty and self-determination and their demands for an end to the recolonization and all interference in the internal affairs of the country, the immediate withdrawal of the occupying troops and the end of MINUSTAH, and the restitution of the stolen reserves and reparations for the crimes of all the occupations, including the deadly cholera epidemic.
100 Years of Occupation – 100 Years of Resistance
All our support for the people of Haiti!
For 10 years now the troops of the UN Mission for Stabilization in Haiti – MINUSTAH – occupy Haiti at the request of powers like the US, France and Canada. The Security Council approved a new extension of its mandate in October, reducing the size of the military component but reaffirming its tutelage until at least 2016.
The political and social crisis currently facing the Haitian people belies all arguments to justify the continuation of that presence. The evidence mounts daily that the MINUSTAH, with its outsourcing of the military occupation to mostly Latin American troops, frees those powers to to focus as always, on their political and economic occupation.
With the US at the head, they ensure their continued intervention in the internal affairs of Haiti, making use as well of a president – the result of elections controlled by the same MINUSTAH and widely denounced for their fraudulence – who threatens to rule by decree in the face of the political crisis provoked by the expiration of parliamentary mandates.
They also ensure the deepened recolonization of the country, specializing in oil and megamineral exploration, the expansion of luxury tourism, of export agribusiness and the maquila, displacing entire communities from their land while maintaining the lowest wages in the hemisphere and making regular use of the repressive force offered by the MINUSTAH and the Haitian police it trains. All at the expense as well of increasing debt, whether financial or social, ecological, gender, or political.
It is no wonder then that nearing the 100 th anniversary of the start of the first US occupation of Haiti – 1915-1934 – many Haitian popular organizations denounce the continuation of that occupation through the MINUSTAH.
In that spirit, they are protesting the 100 years of occupation and growing US meddling, on the occasión of the announced visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry. And to mark the centenary of the theft of Haitian gold reserves, taken by the Marines to the Wall Street vaults of what is now Citibank, on December 17, 1914, they will raise the demand for restitution of the stolen reserves and reparations for the crimes of all the occupations, including the cholera epidemic.
As regional organizations and networks, popular movements and organizations, we stand in solidarity with the Haitian people and fully support their struggle to regain their sovereignty, to exercise their self-determination and to end the concession and looting of their lives and natural wealth. We call on those responsible, especially the governments of Latin America and the regional integration institutions involved, to withdraw the troops occupying Haiti NOW and to end the MINUSTAH and all forms of intervention in Haiti. We take on as our own, the demands for restitution of the stolen reserves and reparation for the crimes of colonialism and all occupations. And we pledge ourselves to expanding and strengthening our solidarity action with popular organizations and movements in Haiti.
For the sovereignty and self-determination of the Haitian people!
Stop intervention and recolonization!
Immediate withdrawal of occupying troops and an end to the MINUSTAH!
Restitution of stolen reserves and reparations for the crimes of the occupations!
Justice and reparations for the cholera victims, their families and communities!
-Latin America and the Caribbean, December 15, 2014
Jubilee South / Americas – World March of Women in theAmericas – Confederation of Trade Unions in the Americas – Trade Unions of Our America – Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America – Friends of the Earth Latin America and Caribbean – Mesoamerican Movement against extractive Mining Model – Movement for Latin American Unity and Social Change – Latin American Network against Dams and in Defense of Rivers – Convergence of Popular Movements of the Americas – SOAWatch – Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt-AYNA – International Christian Service of Solidarity with Latin America – InterAmerican Platform for Human Rights, Democracy and Development – Peace and Justice Service – Continental Articulation of Social Movements towards ALBA – Continental Cry of the Excluded – Latin American Geopolitics Observatory – Latin American Confederation Latinoamericana of Rural Organizations/Via Campesina and its Haitian organizations MPP, Tet Kole, MPNKP – Argentine solidarity Committee for the withdrawal of troops from Haiti – Coordinator for the Withdrawal of troops in Haiti and Coordination for the withdrawal of troops from Haiti, Uruguay …
Initial endorsements from national / local entities: Adolfo Pérez Esquivel (Nobel Peace Laureate), Nora Cortiñas and Mirta Baravalle (Mothers of May Square-Founders Line) – Pedro Casaldáliga (Obispo Brazil) – Dialogue 2000 – Jubilee South Argentina – Peace and Justice Service Argentina – Otros Mundos AC/Chiapas, México – Red Mexicana de Afectados por la Minería (REMA) – Attac-Argentina – Articulación de Movimientos Sociales hacia el ALBA, Capítulo Argentino – Movimiento Político y Social Marcha Patriótica, Colombia – Frente Popular Dario Santillan Corriente Nacional, Argentina – Ana Esther Ceceña, UNAM, México – Dom Heriberto Hermes, o.s.b., Brasil -Liga Argentina por los Derechos Humanos, Graciela Rosenblum, presidente – Mariadela Villanueva, Venezuela – Miguel Urbano Rodrigues,escritor, Portugal – Marcha Patriótica (Colombia)- Consejo Patriótico Argentina – Movimiento por la Unidad Latinoamericana y el Cambio Social (MULCS), Argentina – Pañuelos en Rebeldía, Argentina – Camino de los Libres, Argentina – Movimiento Popular Patria Grande, Argentina – Frente Popular Darío Santillan, Argentina – Central de Trabajadores de la Argentina (CTA) Autónoma, Capital Federal, Argentina –
Campaign for the withdrawal of occupying troops from Haiti, firstname.lastname@example.org – haitinominustah.info
(Translation from the original in Spanish, courtesy Dialogue 2000 – Jubilee South Argentina)