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|For Immediate Release
|November 24, 2000
No to an Aristide's presidency
As the 1987 Haitian constitution provides for, former Haitian President and firebrand
Roman Catholic priest, Jean-Betrand Aristide has a right to be a presidential candidate in
the Sunday presidential election, in Haiti. But talk to Haitians and foreign advocates of
democracy, and they all will quickly complain that he is an obstacle to democracy, in that
Caribbean country, with an estimated population of 8 million citizens.
Nineteen of Haiti's 27-Senate Chamber members - many of them well known drug baron -
belong to Aristide's Lavalas Family party. And, most of them were fraudulently elected on
May 21st, despite a continuing demand by the international community and opposition
leaders for a recount of the votes, which would certainly prove that only nine of the
senators-elect did not face a run-off into elections.
A wave of murders and kidnappings of opposition leaders and supporters alike, all by
bandits who have publicly identified themselves as members of Aristide's party and the
leftist government of Rene Preval, preceded and succeeded the May election.
Sadly, those same bandits continue on a daily basis to warn legitimate opposition party
members not to take their campaigns, if any, to the streets, though they all have
boycotted the presidential vote by not participating, and urged citizens to do likewise.
Otherwise, say the bandits, they all will be burned alive, leaving only Aristide to run
against a small group of virtually unknowns.
Worse, legitimate opposition members have been prevented from holding meetings at their
party headquarters. On Nov. 2, for example, bandits who publicly identified themselves as
members of Aristide's party opened fire on peaceful citizens who were participating in a
meeting of the Papaye Peasants' Movement, Haiti's biggest rural workers' organization, in
the central region of the impoverished Caribbean nation. An incalculable number of the
participants were wounded, including the brother of opposition leader, Chavannes
Jean-Baptiste, who was fatally shot.
In a democracy, citizens including former presidents, rely on the path of the constitution
to exercise their rights. Unfortunately, not so in Haiti. The fact that opposition members
have not been allowed by radical leftist Aristide to freely participate in what should be
a democratic exercise, that is the Sunday presidential election, suggests that Haiti is
not a democracy, rather a dictatorship of the proletariat. Most importantly, Aristide
himself is the constitution.
So, too, in a democracy victimized citizens rely on the judicial system, which laws serve
as general deterrents, in addition to special deterrents, to obtain justice.
Unfortunately, not so in Haiti. Aristide and his bandits have yet to be arrested, and
probably will never be, for a series of violent politically motivated crimes committed
lately, too. All this suggests is that they are the court.
Sure an anticipated Sunday Aristide's presidential victory and the swearing-in ceremony,
due on February 7th, will both be formalities. Current leftist Haitian president, Preval,
an Aristide's godson, is nothing more than the filling in an Aristide's sandwich, as the
regrettable events of the past five years suggest.
Still, it is because we want to avert the worse, including perpetual extreme poverty since
radical leftist Aristide does not have an economic program that is even far from being
mediocre, in Haiti that we say we remarkable alacrity, remarkable energy "NO" to
an official Aristide's presidency, too.
|For Immediate Release
|August 14, 2000
We support the August 18th demonstration against
dictatorship in Haiti
There has not been progress against the drug gangs, despite a great deal of help from
the United States. But part of the cause is many well known drug barons - now questionable
Senators-elect are members of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's Lavalas
Family party. See U.S. News & World Report of May 29, 2000. See The Washington Times
of August 7, 2000, too.
The leftist Haitian government of Rene Preval has turned a blind eye to the continuing
problem of abject poverty while officials continue to pillage the public treasury.
Haitians face both a surge in petty crime and state-sponsored crime, especially Aristide's
paid bandits, as they have on many occasions attested to, continue to terrorize citizens
and burn political opponents alive.
There is also the question of a series of fraudulent elections held over the past eleven
weeks favoring largely (candidates for the Aristide's party were said to win 18 of the 19
Senate seats that were for grabs in the May 21 elections) Aristide's Lavalas Family party
Electricity is rationed, often two hours a day. As millions of citizens put it: Thomas
Edison's revolution has not yet taken place in Haiti.
For all that, including the July 27 grenade attack on the Canadian Ambassador's private
residence, in Haiti, and the August 11th firebomb of a European Union official's private
residence, too, in that Caribbean nation, thousands of Haitians will assemble, Friday,
August 18th, in front of the United Nations, in Manhattan, to say "NO"
to the leftist government of Preval, which is nothing other than a vessel for Aristide's
legacy of the dictatorship of the proletariat.
We urge all advocates of democracy to attend the May 18th demonstration, again which
immediate aims are to say "NO" to the
leftist totalitarian government of Preval. In so doing you will not only help Haiti
achieve democracy, but, too, resident citizens and others of the said nation enjoy a
better quality of life - the demonstrators' ultimate objectives.
For additional information concerning the Friday demonstration, you may contact
Haiti-Observateur at: (718) 834-0222.
|For Immediate Release
|July 17, 2000
Voltaire claimed that "history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes." Had
he lived to write about Jean-Bertrand Aristide who was followed by an even handed tyrant
named Rene Preval, too, of the former French colony of Saint-Domingue, but now Haiti, he
would have written that prior to the May 21 elections for parliament and hundreds of local
positions more than 15 opposition candidates were assassinated in broad daylight in that
What else would be of concern to Voltaire? The first step in the development of a
democracy - free and fair elections - was not accomplished on May 21. The vote was
manipulated to favor only former Haitian President Aristide's Lavalas Family party
candidates. And, more than 65 of the hundreds of opposition candidates who claimed that
the vote was largely fraudulent and declared it "invalid" were kidnapped by the
leftist Haitian government of Preval. The kidnapping of opposition candidates, all in a
matter of a few days after the elections, helped showed a clear pattern of the government
violations of citizens human rights.
Voltaire's writings would further transport his readers to Leon Manus, a Haitian top
election official who refused to publish "bogus" results for the May 21 vote. He
fled the country Friday, June 16 after receiving death threats.
Defying foreign pressure, including the United States, and a boycott by opposition
parties, leftist Preval went ahead with a second round of legislative and local elections
Sunday, July 9.
That many of Aristide's party so-called "victor candidates" for local positions
were sworn in last week now what, exactly, must the international community, including the
United States, do to make both leftist tyrants, Aristide and Preval, behave? One answer
is: impose a blanket of economic and political sanctions on Haiti.
Such action, long awaited by all advocates of democracy, will sure give birth to a
democratic type of government in the Caribbean nation. Hopefully, the country will cease
to project images of wall-to-wall incompetence, fraudulent elections, politically
motivated killings, drug trafficking, despair, danger, to name only these ones.
|For Immediate Release
|March 20, 2000
New York City Police adds Dorismond to its murder list
Just when advocates of civil and human rights thought that Abner Louima, a Haitian
immigrant, was going to be the last person to be sodomized and tortured by a few New York
City police officers, in August 1997. Just when advocates of civil and human rights
thought Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African, was going to be the last human being to be
shot 19 times, out of a total of 41 shots fired, to death by a team of plainclothes New
York City police officers, last year. The murder of Haitian-American Patrick Dorismond,
26, this past Thursday by Anthony Vasquez, a New York City under cover detective, however,
once again proves when it comes to, especially poor minorities and immigrants, the policy
of the relevant city police force, perhaps written in fine prints, is not to serve and
protect but murder whenever so desires.
Yet Mayor Rudolph Giulani's one-dimensional denigration of the reputation of Mr.
Dorismond who was arrested a few times but had never actually been convicted of a crime
suggests the amended 1964 Civil Rights Act, which reversed a historical mandated pattern
of racial discrimination in the United States, does not apply to New City.
As the families and friends of Louima, Diallo, and Dorismond, so to include those of
Baez, Ferguson, and others who were also murdered by New York City police officers,
continue to mourn their premature but tragic deaths, however, those who know that the
Giuliani's municipal government policy, especially for poor people of color, is synonymous
with death should unite in their resolve to see an end to the killings and devastation of
the relevant group of citizens.
|For Immediate Release
|March 3, 2000
The United States, France, Canada, etc. we are
calling on you all to stop sending your taxpayers' money to the leftist Haitian dictator
Haitian President Rene Preval looks like a scene out of a Graham Greene novel,
"The Comedians." "We have a parliamentary crisis. As a result we are
going to hold elections next month, the arid and mountainous quasi-semi-Caribbean Island
nation president told his fellow citizens in a radio broadcast on January11th. And, a few
weeks later, Preval said "We were going to hold elections last month but could not
proceed with them as scheduled because we were not ready. Anyway, we will hold them on
March 19. As anticipated, the same Preval who on many occasions called for legislative and
municipal elections after dissolving Parliament in January 1999 once again postponed the
elections scheduled for March 19 on January 3. It is sure an indication that he intends to
hold on the unlimited power he gave himself to govern by decree when he dissolved
Parliament on January 12, 1999. Since it is so, his government or "dictatorship of
the proletariat" deserves no more foreign assistance.
Correspond with Yves A. Isidor via electronic mail:email@example.com
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