U.S. Interference and Aggression in Haiti

Ten years after the U.S. invasion of Haiti the U.N. continues training Haitian police and security forces. The continuing U.S.-U.N. military occupation deprives the Haitian people of the right to independence and self-determination and turns the country into a protectorate – a colony – of the U.S. and its imperialist allies. All democratic-minded people must demand an end to the occupation so that the Haitian people are free to determine their affairs for themselves. Below we reprint the March 3, 2004 Statement of the Workers Party, U.S.A. from The Worker, newspaper of the Workers Party, U.S.A.

Stop the U.S. Invasion and Colonization of Haiti!

On February 29, U.S. marines invaded Haiti, overthrowing the democratically-elected President of the country and imposing U.S. military rule.

U.S. ambassador, James Foley, said that U.S. and other foreign troops (including French and Canadian soldiers) will stay in Haiti for years and rule the country.

George Bush, in deploying thousands of U.S. marines, claimed that they are needed to "prevent violence" and "restore order." But it is precisely U.S. imperialism which is imposing violence and colonialism on Haiti. Amongst other things, the U.S. army, after forcing President Aristide out of the country, allowed the armed, paramilitary gangs to enter the capital and begin murdering Aristide supporters.

In fact, for several years, the U.S. government has been working to destabilize Haiti and overthrow the constitutional government headed by President Aristide.

On the one hand, the U.S. applied economic pressure, blocking various international agencies from providing credits, loans and aid to Haiti. At the same time, the CIA, the National Endowment for Democracy and other U.S. governmental agencies encouraged, financed and organized criminal, paramilitary death squads inside the country.

Within the last several weeks, these gangs took control of various areas in the north of the country, attacking hospitals, schools, government offices and food warehouses to create panic amongst the population.

But in the capital of Port-au-Prince, the Haitian people were organizing to defend themselves and their elected President from any attacks by these fascist gangs. Hundreds of thousands of Haitians came out in political demonstrations; popular organizations began building street barricades and other defenses against a possible armed attack.

In this situation, the U.S. government, unable to bring its handpicked fascist gangs into the capital, decided to invade the country and remove Aristide. In other words, U.S. imperialism, as it has done elsewhere, played the double game of creating chaos and violence and then presenting itself as a "peacekeeper" in order to invade a sovereign country and impose its dictate.

Today, U.S. imperialism and its henchmen in Haiti are waging war against the people and preparing to reestablish a U.S. colonial regime.

But the Haitian people, who for more than 200 years have fought for their freedom, are continuing their struggle against U.S. colonialism and for democracy and national independence.

To assist this struggle, the American people must demand the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Haiti, an end to all U.S. interference and the restoration of the constitutional government of the country.

Support the Haitian People's Struggle for Democracy and Independence!