Of course, these two pieces of information run completely counter to the dominant narrative about Canada's role in Haiti. In fact, they flip it on its head. But, these two pieces of information - combined with hundreds of stories published by left-wing Canadian and Haitian media - help explain why some might want to burn the Canadian Embassy.
Haiti is the site of the most sustained popular uprising among the many that are currently sweeping the globe. Haitians are revolting against the IMF, racism, imperialism and extreme economic inequality. It's also a fight against Canadian foreign policy.
The latter battle is the most important one for Canadians. Solidarity activists should highlight Haitians' rejection of 16 years of Canadian disregard for their democratic rights. And they should not be afraid to use the words that describes this best: Canadian imperialism.
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