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Thu Jul 14 2005UN Troops Attack Port-au-Prince, Kill 23 People
Thu Jul 14 2005Haiti Action Committee Plans Protest of Massacre by UN "Peacekeepers"
7/25: Report on the 15-city protest against the UN massacre in Cite Soleil | Bay Area writer Ben Terrall is blogging from Haiti
On July 21st, activists across the U.S. and Canada protested to demand an end to UN killings of Haitian civilians.
In San Francisco, people gathered at Powell and Market Streets at 4:00pm and marched to the Brazilian Consulate. Audio | Video: 1 | 2 | 3
There were also pickets at the French Consulate in San Jose at 11:30am and 4:00pm.
On July 6th, more than 300 heavily armed UN troops carried out a full-blown military attack on a densely-populated section of Port-au-Prince. Multiple sources confirm the "peacekeepers" killed at least 23 people. Eyewitnesses reported the UN troops used helicopters, tanks, machine guns and tear gas in the operation. Lt.General Augusto Heleno, the Brazilian commander of UN troops in Haiti, defended the operation as a "success." Among those killed were children, women, and men on their way to work. More info on the Haiti Action Committee website
Bay Area school teacher Seth Donnelly, who was in Haiti as part of a labor/human rights delegation, interviewed Heleno after the massacre. Donnelly reports, "Lieutenant General Augusto Heleno initially challenged us as to why were we concerned about the rights of the 'outlaws,' and not the 'legal force.'" He seemed to write off community testimony as being part of community hostility and part of these "gang attacks" on U.N. forces. The subtext of what he was saying was that the Port-au-Prince community itself was an outlaw community. Democracy Now Report
Haiti Action Committee Statement | ECR interview