[Marxism] Solidarity Political Committee statement on Haiti

Jose G. Perez elgusanorojo at bellsouth.net
Fri Mar 5 21:08:15 MST 2004

[The following is from a Statement issued by the Political Committee of
Solidarity. The full text of the statement can be found here:

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On February 29, 2004, with paramilitaries twenty-five miles from
Port-au-Prince, Jean-Bertrand Aristide flew into his second exile.
According to Agence France-Presse Aristide was forced to leave by U.S.
soldiers, who came in the middle of the night to whisk him away by
helicopter.  Subsequently U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Randall
Robinson have established that Aristide, his wife and brother-in-law are
being held against their will in the Central Republic of Africa. 

Solidarity, as a U.S.-based feminist, antiracist and socialist
organization, denounces Washington for the role it has played in its
ruthless economic destabilization and armed intervention in Haiti-from
its arming of paramilitaries to its removal of Aristide on February
29th.  We reaffirm the right of the Haitian people to govern their own
affairs.  Since its birth 200 years ago as a successful slave revolt,
Haiti has faced intervention by various powers, including the French,
Spanish, British and U.S. governments.  It has also suffered more than
thirty coups. 

The aid embargo that Washington imposed on the Aristide government over
the last four years-beginning with successfully pressuring the
Inter-American Development Bank to cancel $512 million in already
approved development assistance and loans-combined with material aid to
the opposition destabilized the government and opened the door to yet
another coup. 


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