On Sunday, Haitians to the streets in massive numbers as they did the week before after U.S.-backed dictator Jovenel Moïse refused to leave office on February 7, the end of his four-year term established by an illegal election.
One of the main calls from the mobilizations of hundreds of thousands in the streets of Port-au-Prince and across Haiti has been for the United States, United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS) to stop their interference.
Ever since the democratically elected president Jean Bertrand Aristide was overthrown for a second time by a U.S.-sponsored coup in 2004, Haiti has been occupied by a United Nations force that, at its height, boasted 14,000 troops and personnel. The U.S. and the UN are also responsible for having trained and armed the Haitian police who continue their campaign of state terror and repression: house raids, curfews, beatings, rampant gender-based violence and politically-motivated arrests of opposition leaders.
When Moïse announced that he’d stay in office on February 7 and continue to rule by decree, the Biden Administration signaled its support of the decision. This should come at no surprise. Moïse is a puppet of the U.S. State Department, which continues to work closely with the UN, the OAS and the EU to advance its imperialist policy goals in the region. Decades of interventions, occupations, death squads and economic plunder continue to politically disenfranchise and impoverish the nation at the service of predatory neocolonial interests.
As the Black Alliance for Peace has proclaimed, “for the Biden Administration, Black Lives Don’t Matter in Haiti!” We agree, and we call on our supporters to join us in support of the Haitian people in their struggle for real democracy and liberation.
TAKE ACTION NOW:
Contact Congress using this toolkit from the Haiti Action Committee. Click here for the toolkit.
Sign the open letter calling for the United States, United Nations and Organization of American States to stop their interference. Click here to read and sign the letter.
Show your solidarity. Participate online or in-person.