As U.S. Intervention Germinates in Venezuela, We Must Not Forget the Implications for Haiti

Black Alliance For Peace 20 Feb 2019

Haitians and Venezuelans are united by history and common struggle against the US behemoth that seeks to enslave the rest of the hemisphere.

“Hugo Chavez provided cheap petroleum products and favorable credit terms to Haiti and 16 other nations.”

As both Republicans and Democrats continue their plans to install a government in Venezuela that proves more tractable to their neoliberal agendas, we are also witnessing an uprising by the people of Haiti against the ongoing neocolonial control by the United States. The Haitian people are no strangers to the tentacles of United States interventionism, which has been ongoing since the 19-year occupation commenced by President Woodrow Wilson in 1915. The occupation included the seizing and relocation of Haiti’s financial reserves to the United States, as well as a re-write of the nation’s constitution, which, among other things, allowed for foreign entities to enjoy land-owning rights.

Over time, the actors associated with the U.S.’s stranglehold on Haiti and its right to self-determination may have changed — from Wilson, to Clinton, to Obama — but the strategy and modus operandi has remained consistent. The methodology of synthesized financial manipulation, election rigging, and racketeering remains firmly intact. We are witnessing a pernicious parallel between 1929, when U.S. military forces suppressed a nationwide strike and peaceful demonstrations by firing live ammunition on fifteen hundred people, resulting in deaths and injuries, and today when since July 2018 Haitians have been protesting and demanding the ouster of U.S.-backed President Jovenel Moise, who recently ordered police officers to suppress the popular uprising with violent, deadly force.

“Since July 2018 Haitians have been protesting and demanding the ouster of U.S.-backed President Jovenel Moise.”

As U.S. Intervention Germinates in Venezuela, We Must Not Forget the Implications for Haiti

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