The Haiti Action Committee is holding a community meeting to mark the 12th anniversary of the Feb. 29, 2004 U.S.-backed coup d’état that overthrew the progressive, democratically elected Lavalas government headed by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
At this current critical moment, Haitians are demonstrating in the streets nearly every day demanding free and fair elections, facing tear gas and live ammunition. The power of this movement has forced postponement of a fraudulent presidential “run-off” scheduled for Jan. 24.
The international press is ignoring these protests. The response from the Obama Administration is to condemn the protestors.
According to event organizers, this is a critical moment to stand with Haiti, to denounce U.S. attacks on Haiti’s sovereignty and dignity, and to defend Haiti’s popular movement – one of the world’s most important struggles for human rights.
The presidential term of “Haiti-is-Open-for-Business” Michel Martelly ended Sunday, Febr. 7. The popular movement demands that he leave office. The US, OAS, and Martelly are maneuvering to keep him, or his surrogates, in office.
An August 2003 publication, “Hidden from the Headlines: The U.S. War Against Haiti” exposed how – leading up to the coup, after the 2000 election of President Aristide – the United States undertook to sabotage Haiti’s fledgling democracy through an economic aid embargo, massive funding of elite opposition groups, and support for paramilitary coup attempts.
“Hidden from the Headlines” exposed the highly organized U.S. propaganda offensive against the Aristide government aimed at progressive activists who might otherwise have defended Haiti’s democratically elected government committed to social change.
The meeting will take place Sunday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eastside Arts Alliance,
2277 International Blvd., in Oakland.
Contact the Haiti Action Committee at www.haitisolidarity.net and on FACEBOOK