[Marxism] Workers World on the imperialist 'regime change' in Haiti
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Mon Mar 1 11:22:50 MST 2004
WORKERS WORLD PARTY CONDEMNS IMPERIALIST 'REGIME CHANGE' IN HAITI
The Bush administration has carried out another imperialist "regime
change" through military force, political trickery and economic
strangulation--this time in Haiti. Despite the media conspiracy to
present this violent coup d'état in a favorable light, the fact remains
that U.S. Marines entered Haiti with absolutely no legal authority on
the night of Feb. 28-29 and abducted the popularly elected president,
Jean-Bertrand Aristide. They snatched him from the Presidential Palace,
after he had vowed to the nation that he would never step down
voluntarily, and removed him physically from his own country.
Without even a fig leaf of democratic process here at home or in Haiti,
the Pentagon has already begun what it projects will be a long-term
military occupation of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
This was the culmination of a long campaign to overthrow the Haitian
government that included economic strangulation, encouraging and bribing
a political opposition drawn from the exploiting classes in Haiti, and
finally the unleashing of armed contras, known for their history of
massacres and mayhem, to try to force Aristide to resign. When all this
failed, the U.S. government resorted to outright kidnapping.
No matter how the monopoly media package what has happened, the truth is
that the billionaire ruling class of the U.S. has abandoned any pretense
that it respects democracy and the popular will. Not since the April
2002 U.S.-supported coup against President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela,
which backfired when hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans surrounded the
usurpers in the seat of government and demanded his return, has
Washington's contempt for a popularly elected, constitutional government
been more clearly displayed.
The U.S. Embassy in Haiti made clear what was coming a day before the
abduction when it branded as "thugs" those Haitians trying to defend
their government from the heavily armed contras advancing on the
capital. Ambassador James Foley had the gall to demand of Aristide, who
didn't even have an army, to "stop the violence." Even as Foley made
that statement, he was abetting a conspiracy in Washington and in Paris
to violently overthrow the Haitian government and trample on Haiti's
The responsibility for what happens next lies with those who have
destabilized the only government in decades chosen by the Haitian people.
The criminal overthrow of the Aristide government will open up a new
phase of the struggle of the Haitian masses for national independence
and economic justice. Progressive forces around the world must reject
this neocolonial scheme of U.S. and French imperialism and support the
resistance of the Haitian people, which is sure to grow as the true
character of the comprador regime now being installed becomes indisputable.
This first Black republic, founded by former slaves who fought to free
themselves from brutal colonial domination two centuries ago, has
suffered an unending, racist campaign by the large capitalist powers to
starve the people and break their will. But the struggle continues. We
demand reparations from U.S. and French imperialism for their egregious
exploitation and abuse.
Power to the Haitian people, not the handpicked representatives of the
transnational banks and corporations!
Recent Workers World coverage on the crisis in Haiti:
U.S. BACKS ARISTIDE'S OPPONENTS
THE HISTORY BEHIND THE UNREST IN HAITI
HAITIANS RESIST COUP ATTEMPT
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