Washington's War on Preval's Presidency, the Disinformation

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Ezili Danto
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Washington's War on Preval's Presidency, the Disinformation

Post by Ezili Danto » Thu Feb 23, 2006 7:07 pm

The US/HDP war against Preval's presidency has begun even before he takes office.

Here's Haiti Democracy Project's latest propaganda against the most democratic and peaceful of peoples in the Western Hemisphere.

They are outlining for us how they will use the corrupt Jacques Bernard to kill more Haitians in Haiti with a third coup d'etat.

Batay la fek komanse. Yo pap genyen.

We Haitians stopped them before and will stopped them again. I hear most of the Haitians who were HDP's mouthpiece are running away from them in Washington like they got the plague!! Let's keep the pressure on, folks. Innocent lives will be lost if we don't succeed by stopping Haiti Democracy Project's latest campaign to undermine Haiti's vote, by undermine Preval's legitimacy as the duly elected President of

Bare wout yo, Veye yo.

HLLN has already started to counter their media campaign. You've seen our work.

Please, please, don't just read what we write, take ACTION.
Media contact info: http://www.americanreview.us/mediadd.htm

Help us by writing a letter every time you read, in a newspaper article, something like this "A Haitian electoral official who fled abroad amid death threats complained Wednesday that President-elect Rene Preval manipulated tensions from the Feb. 7 ballot to avert a run-of." ( )

We-Haitians will not, CANNOT go through another coup d'etat in Haiti, not against President Preval, not against any duly elected Haitian president, ever, ever again.

Way too many Haitians have died for the right to vote for the leader of their choice, for self-respect, self-determination, for the right to choose Preval as their leader on Feb. 7, 2006, to allow this LIE, this absolute obsc
enity to remain unchallenged, gain traction or greater weight.

We cannot, we must not let Jacques Bernard, HDP, Group 184 impute their and the CEP's corrupt behavior onto President Preval and the people of Haiti.

We must counter this massive international pressure that is being exerted against President Preval. We knew this would be the case if he tried to represent the people of Haiti who voted him into office and not the HDP, Bush death plan.

Let's keep our successes in mind and forge ahead knowing WE CANNOT LOSE. Here's how one Haitian, living in France, an active member of our HLLnetwork, puts it today: [quote] Gen anpil presyon ki ap fet sou prezidan Preval.... Mwen kwe li pi enpotan pou nou pase tout bon nan bon jan ofansiv tout kote ak konstitisyaon peyi nou nan men nou. Okenn blan pap vinn di ki sa ki bon pou pep Ayisyen. Yo te fe 1804, yo te fe 16 desanm 90, yo te reziste pandan 3 zan koudeta chanprel 90 la, pep la kontinye lite denpi Na
poleon ak tout souflantchou li kidnape prezidan TITID 29 fevriye a, enben lap kontinye reziste pou fe respekte tè Dessalines nan, konstitisyon an, rev Toussain an, viktwa pep la. Viv retou fizik prezidan Titid, Viv lavi nan katye popile yo, viv lespwa pou demen miyo, viv lit moun ki moun, ki lib ni nan sevo ni nan pye.[/quote]

Please my people, help us stop this US/International community-sponsored Haitian-bloodletting these folks seem to want to continue in Haiti. If you live in Washington, here's what else you can do:[quote]

Demo to support democracy in Haiti - Stop Bernard and the Haiti Democracy Project

The time to act is now

Jacques Bernard was sent to Haiti specifically to steal the Haitian people's vote, and now he is being parade in Washington as a savior. Haiti Democracy Project along with all their friends are responsible for the death of over 10,
000 people as well as destruction of a nascent democratic process in Haiti.

If you care about Democracy and the respect of human rights

join Fondasyon Mapou, September 30 Foundation and Democracy for Haiti in a DEMONSTRATION in front of

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036

@ 9:50 AM, Monday, Feb. 27, 2006

and demand that the Haitian people's vote and choice be respected

Please look forward for more information to come later, in the mean time if you have any questions e-mail eugenia@fondasyonmapou.org [/quote]


[quote]Threatened CEP Administrator to Address Haiti Democracy Project Seminar

webmaster, 2006-02-27

Haiti Democracy Project web page item #3469 ()
Date: Monday, February 27, 2006
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: C
arnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036, the Shotwell Room
RSVP: Click here

Event is open to the press and on the record.

Space is severely limited and only confirmed RSVPers will be admitted.

This will be Mr. Bernard's second public appearance in Washington since he left Haiti, as he has already spoken at a U.S. Institute of Peace conference on Haiti.

About the presenter:

Jacques Bernard was director-general, and by many accounts the only effective administrator at the Provisional Electoral Council. At an episode at the tabulation center in the industrial park, two of the commissioners, Pierre Duchemin and Patrick Fequiere, loudly upbraided Bernard for an hour in an attempt to intimidate him and, presumably, curry favor for themselves with Preval. Then pro-Preval demonstrators invaded the Montana Hotel in search of electoral officials to attack and lynch, Bernard chief among them. With U.S. help, he was whisked to
the United States as was Leon Manus five and a half years ago. The Haiti project was proud to present Manus at the Brookings Institution in 2000 in his first U.S. appearance after fleeing to exile. We are equally proud to present Bernard.

Bernard's story may have a better ending in that there may be negotiations to return him to Haiti with proper protection to administer the second round. By most accounts, Haiti would have difficulty holding the second round without him.

Background commentary by James R. Morrell:

A major blunder by the international community has forced Haiti into one of the most perplexing as well as unnecessary crises it has had to endure since the departure of dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier twenty years ago. The Latin American troop-contributing countries, with Brazil in the lead, pressured the Haitian electoral commission into illegally awarding the presidential election to Rene Préval before he had fairly won it. They did this by allocating to him and other candidat
es eighty thousand blank ballots—that is, eighty thousand ballots that were verified by voting officials and party pollwatchers across the country as having been explicitly cast for no candidate.

This violated Haitian electoral law, which makes no provision for such allotment, but rather requires that these blank ballots be counted, toward no candidate, among total ballots cast. Adding these ballots, about 4 percent of the total cast, to the total makes it a little harder for a candidate to reach the 50 percent of the ballots needed for a first-round victory.

This was the situation as electoral officials began counting the ballots from the outlying departments, where support for Préval was less. Whereas the ballots for the department including Port-au-Prince put Préval over 60 percent, each set of returns from other departments brought his percentage down, until it began slipping below 50 percent. This would have necessitated Préval going to the second round.

Préval baselessly claimed mas
sive fraud. Buttressing this claim was an unofficial parallel count by the U.S. National Democratic Institute showing him further ahead than the official results; Francois Benoit, a member of the election commission, has questioned the good faith of this parallel count and noted it provided Preval with his major justification for claiming massive fraud. Preval called on his supporters to peacefully mobilize. Days of demonstrations with flaming barriers in the streets disrupted Port-au-Prince, with international airlines canceling their flights. A bus from Santo Domingo was stoned in Port-au-Prince and all Dominican bus lines canceled their routes. One crowd of Préval supporters invaded the Montana Hotel in search of election officials to intimidate or lynch.

It fell to Jacques Bernard, administrator of the electoral commission, to nightly release the figures showing Préval's count dipping lower, after the normal spokesperson was afraid to announce these. Two members of the commission loudly upbraided B
ernard for an hour at the tabulation center. His life in danger, Bernard was spirited away to the United States, where he will soon tell his version at a seminar arranged by the Haiti Democracy Project.

Rather than resist this violence, the troop-contributing countries, with 8,500 heavily-armed U.N. troops and police on the ground, buckled under the pressure. As they saw it, Préval had won the election with 50 percent of the votes, as against the next-nearest candidate's 11 percent. He would win anyhow, first round or second. Préval was helicoptered to the capital to calm his supporters. The illegal manipulation to get him over the top was hatched by the U.N.'s special representative on the scene, a Chilean; the head of the Organization of American States, briefly visiting Haiti; U.N. electoral officials, including a Salvadoran; all but one member of the electoral commission; and Gerard Latortue, interim prime minister.

Inexplicably, it was acquiesced in by the leading Western countries on the s
cene, the United States, Canada, and European Union.

A number of factors entered into their calculation. Préval was a known quantity, and without Aristide there to pull the strings gave every indication of being a serviceable president. The more-or-less 50 percent he had received seemed a sufficient mandate to absorb the undoubted illegality of the manipulation they were perpetrating. Préval was the man to placate and eventually isolate the most violence-prone of the Aristide gangs which were ruining the country with kidnapping and drug-running, defying even the potent U.N. mission.

The allocation scheme was one used in Belgium, which for those desperate for a rationale provided the veneer they were seeking. Above all, Préval's supporters were imminent and threatening, whereas as those who scattered their 50 percent of the votes among the other thirty-odd candidates seemed to be a confused mass.

The situation was perplexing to well-wishers of Haiti because we know on the one hand this cou
ntry must stage a legal election in order to install a legitimate government; and on the other, Préval seems sufficiently ready to reach out and unite that we must wish the best for his government. A stable government that can reestablish security is the sine qua non for restarting the economy and improving the dismal lives of the poor majority.

(To be continued as we gather more information.)

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