(Article changed on October 30, 2012 at 05:41)
Clifford Brandt in handcuffs -- arrested for involvement in kidnapping ring in Haiti
Clifford Brandt Kidnapping Ring Busted as Clintons with Hollywood Celebrate Haiti Sweatshop by Ezili Danto of HLLN, Oct 23, 2012 (Check this link for updates)
On Monday, October 22, 2012, Hollywood helped the Clintons inaugurate the US's flagship sweatshop at Caracol, Haiti. Outside, protesting Haitians who don't applaud are arrested and silenced.
This is the best of times for unfettered capitalism and privatization reigning supreme in Haiti above all else. There's s weatshop industrial openings with Hollywood good-times rolling, romantic moments for
Billy and Hillary while billions in misery donation dollars are used to
give the South Koreans a free factory, housing and to build cruise
ship berths and hotel suites that service the privileged few. Over
400,000 quake victims remain homeless. And, in just two years,
UN-imported cholera has killed over 8,000 Haitians and infected over
500,000. But it's against the US "HOPE"Act law and International financial institutions (IFIs)
dictates (that allow for subsidies and bailouts to the Korean and other
businesses at this industrial park) for the Haitian government to put
public funds into servicing its own people's public needs. "Leave it to the free market and the NGO business," opine the US rulers in Haiti.
Clifford Brandt, son of the wealthy Fritz Brandt and a member of one of Haiti's billionaire families, was arrested at his place of business and put in handcuffs, accused of being the mastermind behind an organized kidnapping ring in Haiti.
Sec. of State, Hillary Clinton and former President Clinton, celebrate
sweatshop opening at Caracol, Haiti. At the bottom in their own country, sad, exploited but dressed-up
Haitians frame the Avatar crew's feet. October 22, 2012.
Photo credit: Larry Downing, AP
According to Haiti officials, Clifford Brandt admitted his involvement in several kidnappings including the October 16, 2012 kidnapping of Coralie (23) and Nicolas Moscoso (24), two members of another wealthy Haiti family. On Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at 3:am, the morning after his arrest, interrogation and confession, Brandt took police to the place where the two young Moscoso adults were being held. Police freed them.
Clifford Brandt is the managing director of Mazda dealership in Delmas Haiti.
Local Haitians call this foreign-authored organized criminal activity: Ayisyen kidnape, Blan fè pri.
In a Haiti radio public broadcast, Haiti State Secretary of Public Security, Reginald Delva, interviewed by Gary Pierre Paul for Scoop FM maintains that documents show the kidnapping network Clifford Brandt is involved with demanded U.S. $2.5 million for the release of the two Moscoso victims. This is an on-going investigation explains Mr. Delva. He says authorities found a list of folks Clifford Brandt's kidnapping ring had "a macabre plan" to kill or kidnap for the coming Christmas season.Oct. 23 2012 Scoop FM interview of Reginald Delva, State Secretary of Public Security by Gary Pierre Paul
Sources confirm that this well-connected mafia ring has been in operation for some time wreaking havoc in Haiti.
Many Haiti observers question whether the weak Haiti justice system will be bought out by the Brandt family, as its one of the most prominent families in Haiti where justice is oftentimes for sale. The Brandts' friends include some of Haiti's most powerful neocolonial corporate enemies whose many transnational businesses they give a Haiti subcontractor face to and mostly export all accumulated capital out, impoverishing Haiti, paying little to no taxes or tariffs. (See Haiti: The soul of Africa, not for sale; 05% of Haitians own 98% of Haiti's wealth -- Disaster capitalism; Shock-Doctrine Schooling in Haiti: Neoliberalism Off the Richter Scale; 206 years since Desalin.)