US occupiers in Haiti privatizing Île à Vache- Chronicles of a coming massacre
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Haiti sovereignty, dignity, dreams for happiness, health, productivity and leisure is disrespected, at will, by the US and their UN/NGO agents.
The internationals are polluting Haiti in many ways, importing cholera to Haiti is an example. There’s another international crime in the making in Haiti. The media blackout on the plight of the inhabitants on Ilavach (Île à Vache ) is complete.
If you’re reading this, share it. Help the exploited people of Haiti, whose island has so much riches, the US built its fourth largest embassy in the world there. But the controlled media has the U.S. public believing it’s the US that’s giving aid to Haiti, not the other way around. But it’s Haitians and Haiti riches the US elites are exploiting, with impunity. Today as in the past. Haiti offshore islands and deep water ports are assets to be taken over, no matter that the inhabitants have lived off the land and taken care of these bounties for centuries without spoiling it.
Ilavach (Île à Vache ) is a beautiful offshore Island in southern Haiti. Ilavach is near the town of Les Cayes. It is about 8 miles long, 2 miles wide, with an area of 20 square miles. The 16,000 Haiti residents have lived at peace there in this unspoiled paradise, eating the fresh fruits, vegetables off the land, fishing and crafting beautiful art pieces. Enjoying natures’ bounty, the sand, sky and sea. Selling to other local areas, without food, their extra food. In fact, up until recently Ilavach only had two policemen on the Island.
But the Obama crew is pushing for more privatization of Haiti assets and wealth.
So, last May 10, 2013 its puppet Martelly-Lamothe government UNILATERALLY, with no local participation, declared the entire island property of the state. Martelly, the US-picked Haiti president simply DECREED this. The people of Ilavach reject this plan to take their Island, their land to create a tourist haven for white folks and other foreigners. Categorically reject it and need our support. Haven’t the people of Haiti been traumatized and destroyed enough?
The government want the island for hotels, luxurious beachside condos, private airport and golf courses — instead of providing needed services for the people like better schools, clean running water, roads, and electricity.
Konbit peyizan Ilavach (KOPI), the organization put together by the people of Ilavach to secure their interests say the taking of their lands is illegal and the development is not intended to benefit the island residents but foreigners. Haiti lands are being confiscated, most see no sustainable benefit from the tourism industry for the majority of the 16,000 inhabitants. In addition, the population want to preserve the unspoiled environment, have change that preserves local agriculture, local food sovereignty, preserve their local values, local history, local dignity, increase local production and sustainable jobs. One resident says he’d rather continue to eat yams, fresh fish, fruits, vegetables off his own ancestral land than have to get a wage job on the Island to service Northern tourists. Haitians took down slavery in 1804 not to return to it in 2014.
The Ilavach folks have no local representation in the puppet government of US occupied Haiti. There has been no local elections, no parliamentary elections in Haiti since the US puppet, Michel Martelly, took office with only 17% of the population voting. The Martelly-Lamothe government, instead of organizing required elections, has enjoyed complete control by constantly postponing local and national elections. Two thirds of the parliament’s mandates are over. There was no mayoral elections as provided for in the Constitution. Dictator Martelly conveniently CHOSE local folks who will rubber stamp his decrees.
Martelly created the local position – Ajan Egzekitif Enterimè or Interim EXECUTIVE agent. The name says it all. In Ilavach the person chosen by Martelly’s government for this position is someone who previously ran for local office that residents say only got 100 votes. “He would not have been elected to represent the people of Ilavach if the people were allowed to vote” one resident said in a radio interview. But it is this man who is selling out the people of Ilavach. Pointing them out for intimidation, imprisonment and even death, says the residents, by Martelly-Lamothe government forces.
As I understand it, Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin, the Minister of Tourism arrived on the Island to talk to the agitated residents. She came without the plan of development that the people asked to see and promised to return with the plan the government said would benefit the people. But then released a youtube video of the government vision for Ilavach. On that same day when the Haiti plan for Ilavach was released on youtube, 100 BIM soldiers – a special Haiti police squad, trained by the occupiers and created to protect foreigners – tourist- in particular, arrived on the Island. (Motorized Intervention Brigade – BMI)
Residents report that these non-local forces have been terrorizing the protestors, going to the school to intimidate their children, arresting the KOPI members, beating up the demonstrators, firing at the unarmed people. No international media is reporting.
HLLN has sent out an urgent action alert. The residents of Ilavach say Radyo VKM has been the only radio station to report on their desperate plight. Vwa Klodi Mizo on Radyo VKM in Southern Haiti has a wealth of information on their site and interviews with updated information (Go to http://www.radyovkm.org/).
We’re getting more Haiti radio station to report. AlterPresse, Lakou New York, Hugues Girard, Dady Chery, the Haitian Blogger and Elsie News are writing and posting about this. There may be more we’re not aware of. But we’re asking everyone, everyone to tell this story. Help stop the coming massacre of innocent people. This attempt to make landowning Haitians landless and without food sovereignty. Help stop this big business terror in Haiti.
The Ezili Network is asking Haitians in the Diaspora to call their families in Southern Haiti and Port au Prince. Don’t let the resident of Ilavach face the wrath and unbridled greed of the rabid elites alone. Tell their story. Reach out to the media. Circulate their words, the voices of the people of Ilavache. (http://www.radyovkm.org/) .
Stand in solidarity with them especially during the days of carnival – this coming Sunday, March 2nd to Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Do not let the fascist US puppet government take the lands of the poor and give it to foreigners. This oppression and coming bloodbath must be stopped. Already the heretofore peaceful resident are being called “bandits.” The government has arrested Carl Oza, Ayizan Silien and others including KOPI vice president, Jean Maltunès Lamy. (See, “Nòt pwotestasyon plizyè òganizasyon kont arestasyon ak anprizònman jean Matulnès Lamy”- http://bit.ly/1mNYag3)
Dady Chery transcribed the following statement, made by the president of KOPI in an interview with Vwa Klodi Mizo on RadyovKM:
“KOPI President Marc Lainé Donald (Jinal) said that KOPI still wants a recall of the May 10, 2013 decree that declared the entire island a zone of public utility. According to Jinal: “This is a lousy decree. This project reflects a macabre plan, a rat trap, a collective suicide, that aims to drive all the residents from the island. It is a cultural genocide that puts everyone in the island’s storm and dispossesses people of their lands. No one has the right to build on the island any more. If Ile à Vache is a hidden treasure, its people should enjoy it and get integrated into the proposed developments. We are craftsmen who have worked to beautify this corner of paradise that is so coveted by Lamothe’s administration.”
(For more detailed information, go to –
1.- http://www.radyovkm.org/ (Kreyòl);
- – Emisyon Goute Sel 25 Fevriye Radio Vwa Klodi Mizo Aux Cayes, | Ileavache
– Share and circulate these English videos to give voice to the people of Ile-a-Vache and;
WHAT HAITI HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS AT THE EZILI NETWORK EXPECT WILL HAPPEN
A fact that bares repeating with great emphasis is that the West has two faces, one evil. Its trickery is without parallel.
One Western face is the outright imperialism through the Neocons and their aggressive aspects of imperialism waged through both overt and covert military, economic, and diplomatic domination. The evil face is the US occupation of Haiti behind UN guns. The second is the more “friendly” and covert imperialism waged through the NGOs, their humanitarian war on Haiti – missionaries destroying Haiti’s indigenous culture, the democracy-manipulating groups like the NID, IRI manipulating civil groups for the interest of the global elites; the Ford Foundation, Gates Foundation, Clinton Foundations, or the Paul Farmer/Clintons as UN spokespersons and leaders of the elites’ charitable industrial complex. The global elites fund these fake progressive groups (via liberal foundations and the World Bank, USAID, UN, EU/IMF). The “soft” or “friendly” faces of imperialim allows the corporatocracy to accomplish whatever cannot be done publicly or militarily to neutralize anti-imperialistic and anti-neoliberal forces.
It’s not to hard to guess what will happen at Il a Vache. The oligarchs will use every tool at their disposal – military, media, the NGOs, money, religion. They’ll use the very people who are protesting – their protest – to service imperialism. The US embassy has thousands of agents, the UN and USAID forces in Haiti, there solely to keep the US occupation going. Disenfranchise Haiti locals. Steal Haiti riches.
Empire owns and controls the international and national media. They will put pressure on the local owners of the island, such as they’ve already done by raiding the schools. Scaring children. Making it dangerous for parents to protest for fear of retaliation through harming the children. Empire will obscured legitimate public protest to retake the moral high ground.
They’ll demonize the Haitians the Martelly-Lamothe puppets are making landless and without food sovereignty.
They’ll send in agitators to mingle with the legitimate protestors. Buy off people. Criminalize the leaders of KOPI. Accuse them of drug trafficking, kidnapping and all kinds of depravity that the rich mafias and organized criminals in three piece suits in Haiti have a monopoly on. All, to confiscate African lands and riches while spewing forth the moral high ground of bringing jobs, development, “civilization” to the poor. It’s been their line since slavery.
Here’s the terrorizing right-wing and left-wing patterns we’ve witness over the years: If there are schools, the US duopoly’s forces of unbridled greed shall close them down or use their most favorite trick. That is, suddenly, we’ll hear there are “students” on the side of the imperialist government that the legitimate protestors are violently drowning out, killing, maiming. The oligarchs will ratchet up the pressure against the unarmed demonstrators at Ilavache with strategic and untimely closing down of access to fuel distribution, gas stations, grocery stores, roads to commerce. Further hike up the cost of living in every aspects with their big business monopolies. The embedded media may also provide the photos. Even staged them if necessary, as was done in Venezuela, Ukraine, Egypt, Libya, Honduras, Haiti in 1991 and in 2004. Yes, the neoliberalism addicts will create the “civil opposition” to KOPI. Fund it. Give it major media voice to obscure empire’s thievery.
And, whatever the oligarchs running Haiti cannot do publicly or militarily to neutralize anti-imperialistic and anti-neoliberal forces like KOPI, they’ll get their “progressive” forces to do.
As the Ezili’s Network constantly maintains, beware of the “justice” and “peace” folks who will soon descend to “help” the people win this life and death fight. Their net zero result for Haitians is legendary. (See, Nonviolence in the Service of Imperialism by Michael Barker)
Two West has two faces. ONE evil.
The people of Haiti, though weary and traumatized, still have property like Ile a Vache to fight for. Even in 2014. Even after 10-years of UN occupation behind UN guns. Even, after over 300 years of slavery and 200-years of neocolonialism – Western-imposed debt, dependency and domination. Haitians did what most Island in the Caribbean have failed to do. The Black masses have kept the profit-over-people vampires at bay. Still own a bit in Haiti. That’s why all their superpower forces and trickery are at play against us.