100th Anniversary of the US occupation of Haiti
100th Anniversary of the US occupation of Haiti
July 28, 2015 Marks The 100th Anniversary of the United States Occupation of Haiti
Jete Dlo, Sonnen Lanbi, Trase Vévé, Frape Tanbou, Rele Lwa Rasin yo.
Lovinsky Pierre Antoine Speaks
Makandal, Desalin, Goman, Acaau Speak,
Grann Guitonn and all the Ancestral Mothers Speak
Sonnen Lanbi, Rele Ogou Feray, Rele Dantò!
On the 100th Anniversary of the US occupation of Haiti
Ezili Dantò Note: Lovinsky Pierre Antoine disappeared in US occupied Haiti on August 12, 2007. No one knows what happened to our human rights icon Lovinsky Pierre Antoine.
Two weeks before he was taken by empire and their agents, Lovinsky Pierre Antoine personally sent to the Ezili Dantò Network/Free Haiti Movement his July 28, 2007 essay to mark the 92nd anniversary of the terrorizing US occupation of Haiti that lasted for 19 years from 1915 to 1934.
Lovinsky Pierre Antoine is amongst the few national treasures of Haiti. He used his life and professional skills to give voice and a space of validation to the victims, especially to Haitian women, of both the first (1991) and second (2004) Bush regime changes/foreign interventions against Haiti these last twenty-four years.
Today, July 28, 2015 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the US occupation in Haiti that aimed to re-enslaved Desalin’s children. We recall that to help finance US efforts in the first European World War, the U.S. by force-of-arms took complete control of Haiti’s finances and expropriated Haiti lands to grow sugar, coffee, banana, sisal and rubber for export.
“Libète ou lanmò, endepandans ou Lanmò, sa se pawòl sakre kidwe sonnen nan zorèy chak Ayisyen tankou se yon kout loray, tankou yon kout lanbi ki fè nou rasanble epi soude yonn ak lòt.“–Janjak Desalin, Deklarasyon Endepandans Ayiti Premye Janvye 1804 Gonayiv, Ayiti
First, the private City Bank of New York bankers (now Citigroup), along with French and German bankers, destabilized Haiti by refusing to pay Haiti workers for work done on the foreign-financed Haiti railroad, et al…). Then these powerfully-connected City Bank of New York bankers, brought the US Marines to Haiti and used them, in the words of the US’s most decorated marine, as “high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers.” Major General Smedley D. Butler, wrote that he “was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism…I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in.” (See, War is a Racket by Smedley Butler.)
"The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti is an indispensable tool in realizing core USG policy interests in Haiti." --Janet A. Sanderson, U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, at Why We Need Continuing MINUSTAH Presence in Haiti, 2008.
Besides taking over Haiti banking, deep-water ports and collecting Haiti custom receipts, in on December 17, 1914, one year before the occupation officially started, the US marines carted out Haiti’s gold reserves and brought it to the National City Bank of New York’s vaults in Wall Street New York, never to be seen by Haitians, ever again. Then during the occupation, the money changers at National City Bank of New York (Citigroup) proceeded to tie the Haitian gourd, not to our gold reserves ($500,000 or more) which they straight up STOLE, but to the US dollar. These bankers, primarily the National City Bank of New York, unused to Black independence, arrogantly applied the US government’s gunboat diplomacy, the fist of debt to extort trade and other concessions, secure a foothold in Haiti, manipulate its credit and capital. These mafia banking techniques and US trade control of Haiti, continues to the present day.
The US Marines, from the segregated South, not only carted off Haiti gold reserves to the National City Bank’s New York offices, but they were the high class muscle men there to safeguard the gang of foreign banksters’ lives in a defiant Haiti. Just as today’s US global forces, identified as the UN mission to Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the attached US private military service contractors (PMSC) are the high class muscle men protecting the same oppressive, racist and exploitative interests that one US Ambassador to Haiti has noted are indispensable in realizing core US government policy interests in Haiti.
The current US occupation of Haiti hidden behind UN guns and outsourced to US private military contractors, oftentimes put in UN uniforms, protect not only the foreign bankers but the NGOs, the corporatocracy’s mining, oil and gold interests; Paul Farmer/Bill Clinton’s charity industry and the same foreign bankers from 1915 still controlling and manipulating Haiti banking and credit.
White supremacy’s muscle men and their economic hit men at USAID/US Embassy have even managed to use the current US occupation behind UN guns and NGO humanitarian imperialism to illegally tax the $2.8 billion in yearly Diaspora remittances (at $1.50 per transfer) to Haiti that’s the only real foreign aid to the people and to tax all Haiti phone calls to, from and within Haiti at an extra .05 cents a call. ( Where Does Haiti Fit in Citigroup’s Corporate History? http://goo.gl/kPYh6A .)
Back during the first invasion, Haiti was forced to renegotiate the 1825 French Independence debt at more usury interests rates against Haiti, while the money vultures (banksters) arbitrarily tied five Haitian gourd to one US dollar ($5 US dollar to one Haiti gourd). This extortion gave, their bogus, uncollateralized US dollar, more value than the previously gold-backed Haiti indigenous money. This, underlines and still undermines Haiti’s containment-in-poverty. Not to mention the fact that their Breton Woods financial institutions, would later, put international enslavement conditions in loan and trade agreements to force the former colonized nations to cut tariffs, not regulate capital export, privatize state assets and basically hollow-up the nation state apparatus to service the artificial legal entities (private Euro-US corporations) that these plantation minds set up for their white supremacist world thievery.
One hundred years ago in 1915, the US marines carted Haitians off to Cuba and the Dominican Republic to go work, as virtual slaves, on the sugar and banana plantations of US corporations. One hundred years ago today, the US instituted the corvee in Haiti, a chain gain system of force labor for those Haitians left in Haiti to build infrastructure for US export economy interests. Nearly one hundred years ago in 1917, the US marines from the Southern parts of the US, surrounded the Haiti parliament and at the point of the gun, dissolved parliament in order to re-write Haiti’s constitution to eliminate Dessalines’ Law.
“Never again shall colonist or European set foot on this soil as master or landowner. This shall henceforward be the foundation of our constitution.”–Dessalines’ Law
Franklin Delano Roosevelt who served as the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy rewrote the Haitian constitution and took out Dessalines’ Article 12 which forbid the whites from owning Haiti lands or from ruling in Haiti. (Listen to, Drybones interview on the Voice of Haiti resistance, July 2015: o ye Drybones presents, Ezili Dantò Human rights lawyer, and see, The Quiet Genocide in Haiti from FDR to Obama: How it’s wielded – https://goo.gl/XlgBkQ.)
“The national colours shall be black and red” -Desalin’s Constitution, the First Haiti Constitution, 1805
Ayiti’s lands are sacred, a world heritage for freedom, paid for in Black blood after three hundred years of European barbaric forced labor, systemic white men raping Black people and enslaving them. We are the real land of the free and brave….. We-Haitians carry the scars metered out by all the white power countries, the French, the Spanish, the British, the German, the Dutch, the US and now, since 2004, even Canada. Haiti is the independence symbol for the Black world. Free Haitians carry on the global fight against the annihilation of the Black woman’s children on the island of Ayiti. We are a rallying point for success. The example white supremacy must ground out. Charlemagne Péralte paid our interminable price. ( See, Bandits or Patriots?: Documents from Charlemagne Péralte – http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/4946/ .)
We shall never forget the US marines’ assassination and crucifixion of Charlemagne Péralte and slaughter of 15,000 Haiti prisoners at the current Caracol location that Bill and Hillary Clinton have taken from Haiti to give to a South Korean factory complex. The spirit of the US-slained Charlemagne Péralte and the others walk the halls at Caracol and the entire North where Haiti oil, and now deep water ports are taken by the Bigio family in Haiti and Vicini family in the Dominican destroying and dredging up our sea walls. We aren’t as asleep as the mass media is. We are the Haitians who shall never forget the Haiti men, like the lone Emmanuel Drèd Wilmè, slaughtered by 1,440 U.N. Troops, in Site Solèy on July 6, 2005. We remember the ONE Haiti army soldier who, when he saw the Marine invaders on July 28, 1915 stood in his post and fired back. His name was Pierre Sully, our eternal hero showing the Haiti way: liberty or death, Libète ou lanmò – Endepandans oswa lanmò.
During the first US occupation, Haitian presidents where selected through rigged elections, just like Michel Martelly was selected by the Obama State Department, with Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton at the State Department and the US-run OAS, handing Haitians back the result they wanted regardless of the facts. Just like back from 1915 to 1934, today’s elections are shams, to put in US puppets who will serve the domestic and international interests of the US-Euros, not Haiti.
Haitians, this was written for you, by Lovinsky, before the US/UN killed him. Lovinsky was the founder of Fondasyon Trant Septanm, the then leading Haiti human rights organization to represent the victims of the 1991 Bush Sr. regime change and 2004 Bush Jr. Haiti regime change and take over. They killed him or have him floating in their rendition ships at sea somewhere on planet earth’s oceans. If he’s still alive, we share his grief, the injustice, terror and unending suffering constantly being metered out by sick white minds running the entire planet as a great big prison battleship. If the US and its Haiti agents killed him outright, today on the 100th anniversary of the US invasion to destroy the one Black republic in the Western Hemisphere, we make time from the battle against white supremacy/racism to lift up Lovinsky’s indomitable spirit and these, his words.
The first piece is the Fondasyon Trant Septanm statement (in Kreyòl) on the 92nd anniversary of the US occupation of Haiti (found on our website, here -http://goo.gl/rSjqCE). The second, you may find on our website (in French, here -http://goo.gl/cwnQGx ). It’s about UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s visit to Haiti, written in July 31, 2007. Lovinsky Pierre Antoine was disappeared in US/UN occupied Haiti on August 12, 2007, just after writing these essays. Konen lambi a, sonnen lambi.
Jean Jacques Acaau and the Pikets are watching. Sonnen Lanbi.
Goman, the legendary leader of the Haiti maroons who fought and won in the revolutionary War of Independence against the French, the Spanish and the British and who fought on after the mulatto Petion/Boyer forces killed the Black generals, including Janjak Desalin, Bwaron Tonèr, Kapwa Lamò, Henry Christophe, et al.. All these Haiti warriors, along with, patriots like Charlemagne Péralte, Benoit Batraville, Makandal, Goman, Grann Toya, Grann Guitonn, Defile, Sergeant Major Sanit Bélé, Acaau’s Pikets, the Cacos have saved a space in the line of warriors going back to Lè Marasa, Lè Mò e lè Mistè for those conscious Haitians who reMEMBER our duty to the Ancestors, to ourselves and our legacy to live free or die. We reMEMBER, give our lifeforce to and understand we’re ONE body, ONE arm, ONE people calling up the irreducible essence of the Ancestral mothers and fathers of Afrika, the Afrikan souls, these Ancient first peoples, original to planet earth that walk with Ayiti, our sacred highland, towards liberation from the UN criminals, US superpower terrorizers, their greedy NGO opportunists and all their Ndòki. Ginen poze. (Watch, Black mothers rising video, a tribute to Sandra Bland: If I die in police custody, here. )