Long-Suffering Haitians Want Change
Haitians want out from Washington's boot.
by Stephen Lendman
Haitians know adversity and anguish as well as anyone. They've experienced over 500 years of oppression, slavery, despotism, colonization, reparations, embargoes, sanctions, deep poverty, starvation, crushing debt, and natural calamities from destructive hurricanes to a dozen regional magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquakes.
Except briefly after their successful 1804 revolution and under Aristide, they've been denied legitimate governance and freedom. They continue suffering today under stealth Duvalierist Michel ("Sweet Micky") Martelly. He's a US-installed stooge.
He wasn't elected. He was anointed. He's Washington's man. A March 2011 runoff process installed him. He took office in May. He fits the neoliberal/imperial mold. He's an anti-populist former Kompa singer.
He has longstanding ties to Haitian elites, militarists, reactionary Duvalierists, and thuggish Tonton Macoute assassins. He enforces predatory neoliberal harshness.
UN Blue Helmet MINUSTAH occupiers and internal security forces enforce state-sponsored repression. Haitians wanting freedom and justice are denied. Activists are targeted.