Batay Ouvriye statement on the 9 January 'strike' call

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Charles Arthur
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Batay Ouvriye statement on the 9 January 'strike' call

Post by Charles Arthur » Sat Jan 07, 2006 1:28 pm


January 6th, 2006


Batay Ouvriye firmly opposes the strike call put out for January 9th, 2006. Yes, we realize the MINUSTAH politicians are mocking the population, while supposedly “stabilizing”, they're actually reinforcing their domination day after day. Yes, we clearly know the MINUSTAH soldiers are establishing all sorts of rackets with the very gangs they're supposed to be fighting. Yes, we clearly think that the directionless violence these gangs are operating should be completely eliminated from the country (it isn't in favor of the workers, it is against the masses themselves, as we just denounced it and demonstrated it in our last January 2nd communiqué).

But we also clearly know also that:

1. The group which sent out this appeal has never been in
solidarity in the least with all the mobilization of worker and popular organizations who've been attempting to fight against the rising cost of living and gas prices, or in support of the small merchants and cooperative members whose money was stolen, etc… Quite the contrary, they benefited from the misery spreading out over all the popular masses from day to day. They're the big businessmen establishing the prices of all the products and as long as their own profits were guaranteed by the government, then they were all set.

2. The group who called out for the strike is settling is own business, period. It's solving its minor disagreements with the MINUSTAH. It's not that it is against the presence of foreign troops occupying the country. On the contrary, it wishes to reinforce the troops' presence and thinks, works, in order for this to occur.

3. Actually, this group supports the blind massacres the MINUSTAH is carrying out in our neighborhoods, since it even asks for them to happen
more, openly declaring there should be a pre-existing fund to “help” the number of innocent victims destined to be killed in our neighborhoods!

For us of Batay Ouvriye, this is a call that is directly and openly against our interests, we of the popular masses. In the solution they are requesting – and building -, the strike is a first step. The next will be against us, since already in the first one, they don't take into account the true nature and true forms of OUR problems in the question of insecurity. In truth, broadly shooting down residents of the popular neighborhoods (the strike heads might as well ask for bombs to be dropped massively on them) solves the gang problem, for all they are concerned.

This is why we don't support this call in the least. Even if, for us in the popular masses, the problem of gang and MINUSTAH widespread violence has to find a solution, it is not in the form the bourgeois are seeking to ram it down our throats that we should accept it to be solved. Our problem d
oesn't have the same nature as theirs and the solution they're suggesting, while appearing to have common immediate interests with ours, will immediately turn against us.

OUR solution is in our struggle and independent organization, in which the true nature and form of the problem are clear and guiding our action. In our neighborhoods, we can find the way to vanquish the terror and repression both the gangs and the MINUSTAH are leading against us in the context of a truly popular resistance with the workers in central position. The solution certainly isn't in lending our strength to the bourgeois who immediately intend to have these forces come annihilate us blindly!



Charles Arthur
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HSG - promoting the views of Haitian civil society

Post by Charles Arthur » Fri Jan 20, 2006 3:07 am

(The Haiti Support Group - reaching the British media; promoting the views of Haitian civil society)


The Voice weekly newspaper (UK)
Published: 19 January 2006
Issue: 1201

Electoral authorities in Haiti have agreed to hold the first round of presidential and parliamentary elections on February 7
The polls, originally set for November, have been postponed four times due to security and organisational issues. The United Nations Security Council urged the country's interim government quickly to set a date.

The elections will be the first since President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted from power nearly two years ago.

The poll has faced repeated delays because of violence, delays in distributing 3.5 million voter identification cards and problems with polling stations. The elections will
see 35 candidates stand for president and hundreds more compete for the 129 seats in Congress. The second round of voting is scheduled to take place on 19 March.

Voting had originally been scheduled for November, then moved to December, and then delayed again until 8 January.

Meanwhile, investigations are continuing into the apparent suicide of the commander of United Nations peacekeeping forces in Haiti. The body of Gen Urano Teixeira Da Matta Bacellar was discovered early on January 7 in a hotel room in the capital, Port-au-Prince, with a bullet wound to the head.

UN officials said it appeared the general, who took over as head of the 9,000-strong peacekeeping force last September, had shot himself.

He will be replaced by Chilean General Eduardo Aldunate Herman.

Despite the presence of the UN peacekeepers, the country has continued to be blighted by political and criminal violence and instability.

In a unique twist, workers' organisations in
Haiti have condemned a recent work stoppage called there by the Haitian Chamber of Commerce.

The country's largest business association urged businesses to stay closed and parents to keep their children out of school on January 9, to protest a wave of kidnappings and to pressure the United Nations peacekeeping mission to take more aggressive measures against the gangs that operate in Port-au-Prince slum areas.

Batay Ouvriye, a workers' organisation that has helped organise unions of workers from the capital's slum areas for over ten years, issued a statement "firmly opposing" the strike action.

Batay Ouvriye, while highly critical of the performance of the UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSTAH) and the "directionless violence" carried out by the gangs, declared that the Haitian bourgeoisie is the cause of much of the insecurity and instability in the country.

"The group which sent out this appeal has never had the least solidarity with all the workers and popular organisati
ons who've been attempting to fight against the rising cost of living and gas prices, or supported the small merchants and co-operative members."

Forwarded by the Haiti Support Group - solidarity with the Haitian people's struggle for human rights, participatory democracy and equitable development - since 1992

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