Haiti Action Committee protests Corporate Political Puppets in San Francisco to “Stand for the Truth about Haiti” and to Protest Sean Penn’s Lies in Service of Fake US Engineered Elections & the ongoing UN Military Occupation
Haiti Action Committee and supporters gathered on TUESDAY Nov 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM at Yerba Buena Gardens, 3rd and Mission Streets in San Francisco, CA to echo the call of thousands of protesters in Haiti for Martelly to resign! Some came to protest Sean Penn for lending his Hollywood celebrity status as an endorsement of the illegitimate Martelly Presidency! The largest party, Lavalas, the Party that elected Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was banned from the US funded election and most people boycotted the election to try to deny it legitimacy. Penn has to know the history of the US Kidnapping of President Aristide in the military coup of 2004. So why is Sean Penn “enthusiastic” about this authoritarian process? And why is Penn silent about the scandalous flow of relief money to Martelly’s men when it should go to the earthquake victims and the poor? Haiti Action Committee says, “Prime Minister Lamothe & Sean Penn do NOT Speak for the Haitian Majority!”
The call to demonstrate and the reasons why were stated clearly on Flashpoints on KPFA airwaves on the 18th by articulate Haitian patriot Pierre Laboissiere of Haiti Action Committee. The show is now available in the archives.
On Tuesday, November 19 in San Francisco, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and actor Sean Penn (named “Ambassador at Large for Haiti” by US Puppet President Michel Martelly), were inside spreading the false messages of the fraudulent Martelly government installed to serve US corporations and their Haitian elite partners.
The people of Haiti are still in the midst of a UN occupation instigated by the United States in 2004. That occupation was coordinated by the US State Department under Hillary Clinton, who demanded that the majority party be banned from US financed elections that installed an old Duvalierist in power. Haiti Action says, “As supporters of the Martelly government, which is in the process of bringing back dictatorship to Haiti, Prime Minister Lamothe, and actor Sean Penn, DO NOT speak in the interests of the Haitian majority. Come stand in solidarity with the Haitian grassroots, who have been demonstrating in Haiti, on the 210th anniversary of the Battle of Vertières (one of the last battles that sealed the victory of the Haitian Revolution).”
On Nov 18, 2013 Haitians took to the streets in mass numbers to protest the illegitimately US-installed President Martelly, a former night club singer and former Duvalier dictatorship supporter. Yet the Haitian people also rose in celebration of the victory in Battle of Vertières that secured the first successful slave rebellion and the first independent Black-run state of Haiti.
End the UN military occupation of Haiti in service to US corporations and their puppet government! People of Haiti have suffered too much under the empire’s hypocrisy and fake “humanitarian” “concern”. The majority party Lavalas was banned from the elections and the old dictator Baby Doc Duvallier has returned and walks freely about. President Jean-Bertand Aristide who was kidnapped on Feb 29, 2004 has returned as well with the agreement that he confine his activities to education. The medical school he began has been reclaimed from occupation troops and is up and running again. Perhaps the two greatest tragedies were the theft of earthquake relief funds that did not get to the intended victims, and cholera epidemic traced to Nepalese troops defecating into the streams. For the USA, the tragedy is that the people do not know what their own government does in their name or to what extent the corporate media go to make us believe in their lies. The Clintons think that Haiti is their plantation and that Martelly is their straw boss. Get out! Let the great Haitian Nation have its sovereign democracy back!
Shame on Sean Penn! Read Haiti Liberté below! Protest Penn in SF tomorrow at 1:30 pm with Haiti Action Committee in solidarity with the people of Haiti who turned out in thousands today to protest the US-UN installed Duvalierist Martelly as President of the Republic of Haiti. What happened to you, Sean Penn? Your supposed “hero”, Phil Ochs, would be protesting you now! Haiti Liberté Burns Sean Penn’s Politics in Scathing Denunciation of His Political Support for the New Colonialsm as a Perverted Rendition of “Truth & Reconciliation”
HAITI ACTION COMMITTEE and Friends Stood in Solidarity to Echo the Demands of the Haitian Majority:
•To protest the CORRUPTION and ILLEGALITY of the Martelly/Lamothe government.
•To protest the government’s widespread repression of the poor.
•To protest the INJUSTICE of the nearly 10-year-old US/UN occupation and the suffering it inflicts on the Haitian people.
•To support the right of the Haitian majority to fully participate in the running of their country, FREE from repression and terror.
•To support the right of Haitian children, women, and men, to have free access to education, food, jobs, housing, and healthcare.
Live Video: “The Kidnapping Coup” – A live performance at the Cynthia McKinney April 25, 2013 book tour stop at The Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art, and Politics in Santa Rosa, CA. Truth Troubadour Vic Sadot & creative violinist Eric Golub perform “The Kidnapping Coup”. Cynthia McKinney requested this song the night before at Laney College in Oakland. The 2008 Green Party Presidential candidate and 6 term US Congresswoman from Georgia has two new books out on Clarity Press: “Ain’t Nothin’ Like Freedom”, a personal bio on her experience in politics; and “The Illegal War on Libya”, which she edited from writings by the Dignity Delegation that she took to Libya just as the NATO bombings began as a “humanitarian intervention fraud”.
Much valuable background information is available in Ten Steps to Dictatorship: Why the Grassroots Movement is Taking to the Streets Against President Michel Martelly by Charlie Hinton
In PBS interview, actor Sean Penn praises Martelly, downplays Duvalier, and dismisses Aristide by Roger Annis in Haiti Liberte 11-18-13 – Excepts: “Mr. Penn, subtitled by the program as an “Actor/Humanitarian,” strongly defended the new neocolonial order established in Haiti through the foreign-sponsored exclusion election of 2010/11 and the foreign-led, post-quake “reconstruction” plan spearheaded by Bill Clinton. Mr. Penn made no mention of the foreign military occupation force increasingly denounced by Haitians, the United Nations Mission to Stabilize Haiti (MINUSTAH). (Just this week, UN soldiers in Port-au-Prince and Gonaïves were once again accused of sexual abuse of Haitian minors, a recurring phenomenon for which none have been brought to justice.) Most notable was Mr. Penn’s strong praise for Haitian President Michel Martelly, whom he lauded for “decisive leadership” and making “great strides,” although he never named any Martelly programs that so impressed him. “For us that were there on the ground, it was really clear that [Martelly] was the candidate that [the Haitian people] were looking to have be their president,” Penn asserted, saying that the population enjoyed an “enormous morale boost in a kind of historical (sic) way when they were able to challenge the status quo” by electing Martelly. It apparently does not trouble Mr. Penn that less than 25% of the Haitian electorate took part in the vote. Many Haitians shunned the foreign-imposed, fraud-filled and violence-marred “selection” that excluded the Fanmi Lavalas party of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, as all elections have done since the 2004 coup d’etat against him.
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