Reprint from Volume 36 Issue #3 of The Worker newspaper - published by The Workers Party U.S.A
On the 18th Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Haiti
March 1, 2022-For over 100 years, the Haitian people have toiled under the colonial and neo-colonial bondage of U.S. imperialism. From 1915 to 1934, U.S. marines occupied and directly ruled Haiti. Before leaving, the marines installed a puppet government, financed and armed by U.S. imperialism. The Duvalier family, brought to power in 1957 by the Haitian military in order to crush the rising democratic and social movement of the masses, committed untold atrocities against the masses. Aided and trained by U.S. imperialism, the Duvaliers created their own fascist special police, the infamous Tonton Macoutes, to terrorize the masses and suppress any popular organization or struggle. Through this fascist terror, the Duvalier family not only amassed huge personal wealth but also helped the U.S. multinational corporations plunder the wealth and mercilessly exploit the Haitian people. U.S. agro-business monopolies, producing coffee, sugar, cocoa, castor beans and other cash crops for export, have nearly laid waste to the fertile Haitian soil; U.S. aluminum producers have completely pillaged the enormous bauxite deposits once found in the country.
In 1986, the Haitian people toppled the Duvalier regime. For the next 1/4 of a century, the U.S. government carried on an overt and covert destabilization campaign against the country. On February 29, 2004, U.S. marines invaded Haiti, overthrowing the democratically-elected President of the country and imposing U.S. military rule. Today, U.S. imperialism and its UN and local henchmen are waging war against against the people and imposing an old-style colonial mandate system on the country. U.S. imperialism continues to use Haiti as a source of cheap labor; some 150 U.S. multinational corporations, especially in the electronics, garment and leather industries, mercilessly exploit the Haitian working class, whose per capita income-is practically the lowest in the world ($1000/yr.).
Despite the brutal repression carried on by the various U.S.-backed Haitian regimes since 2004, the laboring people have never given up their struggle for genuine national liberation and social emancipation. The Haitian people who, for more than 200 years have fought for their freedom, are continuing their struggles against U.S. colonialism and for democracy and national independence. It is the duty of the American people to oppose U.S. colonial interference and domination of Haiti and to give full support to the revolutionary struggle of the Haitian people