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IW 02

Latin America

The "left-wing" military occupation of Haiti

 

Towards the end of December, the Uruguayan Frente Amplio (FA - Broad Front) reversed its previous position and voted to reinforce the Uruguayan contingent of troops acting in Haiti. There the 'left-wing' governments of Lula, Kirchner and Lagos, and now the president-elect Tabaré Vázquez, are operating as a force of occupation in that country, becoming the main support for a de facto regime put into power by Bush, the IMF and the World Bank.

Although they insist that their 'mission' is one of 'peacekeeping' (or, perhaps, precisely because of that) a few days before the vote of the FA, those troops atacked the multitudinous slum Cité Soleil, in Puerto Príncipe. The sellout government has been accused of having misappropriating the little humanitarian aid received after the hurricanes devasted the Caribbean this year. It was precisely following this calamity that resistance to the occupation has developed with greater force.

Before the massacre of Cité Soleil, armed right-wing gangs had unleashed more than a hundred murders of popular activists and fighters, before the eyes and patience of the 'left-wing' 'peacekeeping' troops. Those bands where the 'yeast' of the Franco-Yankee invasion. Co-opted partially to the new regime, those bands have carried out a series of assaults, like the ones that took place in Thomazeau, in Petit Goave, in Miragoane and in Mirebalais. The occupiers have agravated the tendency towards civil war.

The Haitian crisis is an acute expression of the tendencies governing the world's economy and politics. The so-called "Caribbean Basin Initiative" opened the Haitian market to US agriculture in order to create the manpower necessary for the massive installation of assembly plants and maquiladoras. But the scale of the Chinese and Indian assembly plants surpasses even the advantage of the proximity of Haiti to the United States. Aristide's Lavalas joined in the neo-liberal 'initiative', but could not control the crisis it unleashed. The Yankees, who had played the Aristide card before a prior crisis (under Clinton) now got rid of him.

The Latin American partners of Lavalas, in the Sao Paolo Forum, have passed over with arms and baggage to the imperialist camp. A splinter group of Lavalas joined the 'democratic opposition' of big business who supported the invasion. In contrast, Chavez and the community of Caribbean nations refuse to recognize the phony Latortue regime; while the PT of Brazil is sending 'advisors' to Haiti to organize a political force to enable the reconstruction of the State, similar to the political-electoral operation of the CIA in Iraq.

More than eighty popular Argentine organization, who called the mass rally commemorating the third anniversary of the Argentinazo, have united to denounce the pro-Yankee policies of the Latin American governing left-wing in Haiti and to demand the withdrawal of all occupying troops, especially their own.

 

NORBERTO MALAJ