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7/21: Please join demonstration in San Jose in support of Haiti
in San Josè!
STOP U.N. "PEACEKEEPER" MASSACRES IN HAITI!
Date: Thursday, July 21st 2005
Where: French Consulate
Address: 2 North Second Street
near corner of Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA
Times: lunchtime protest @ 11:30am - 12:30pm
and evening protest @ 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Please bring signs!
Sponsored by the
HAITI ACTION COMMITTEE
& supporters in South Bay
For more information:
http://www.haitiaction.net haitiaction [at] yahoo.com 510.483.7481
local San Josè contact: tel (408) 293-4774 email: dbwall [at] earthlink.net
On the morning of July 6, 2005, more than 350 heavily armed United Nations "peacekeeping" forces killed at least 23 unarmed people in the densely populated Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Cite Soleil. Some estimates indicate that 50 or more may have died. The UN Force Commander, Brazilian Lt. General Augusto Heleno, claims there was a "firefight", yet there were no UN deaths or injuries. Again on July 13 the UN fired into a house in Cite Soleil killing another 6 people, including three children.
THIS WAS A MASSACRE. Photographic evidence and eyewitness testimony confirm that the U.N. murdered unarmed civilians, including a 4-year old child, shot through the head. http://www.haitiaction.net/News/HIP/7_12_5.html
Cite Soleil has been the focus of attacks by both UN forces and the Haitian police because it remains a powerful base of support for the democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the Lavalas movement. The U.N. operation targeted and killed Emmanuel DreadWilme, a well-known community leader in Cite Soleil, who had been in the forefront of the neighborhood's resistance to the illegal coup regime. The attack came just a few days after U.S. Ambassador to Haiti James Foley labeled Haitian grassroots activists as "terrorists" and "gang members", sending a clear signal that it was now open season on civilians.
Since a U.S.-orchestrated coup overthrew the democratic government in February 2004, a United Nations force of 7500 troops has occupied Haiti. The U.N. has supported the coup regime, which has killed and imprisoned thousands of innocent people. As the U.N. mouths its concerns for human rights around the world, it attacks the poorest communities in Haiti and backs up the violent repression carried out by the Haitian police. Brazil continues to do the bidding of the United States by heading-up this brutal U.N. military operation in Haiti.
On July 21, there will be coordinated protests in the U.S., Brazilian, and Canadian cities to condemn the U.N. massacre in Cite Soleil. Please join us!
Demonstrations so far in:
New York City
END THE U.S./U.N. OCCUPATION OF HAITI!
RESTORE DEMOCRACY AND PRESIDENT ARISTIDE!