“Haiti is living a moment of almost complete insurrection”
Chavannes Jean Baptiste talks about the factors behind the current people’s rebellion in Haiti and the different proposals on the way forward
October 26, 2019
Since early September, Haiti has been experiencing a complete people’s uprising against the government of Jovenel Moïse. The latest round of protests was sparked by a fuel shortage crisis which has roots in the government’s corruption and neoliberal economic policies. Due to the fuel shortage, people have been unable to access basic goods and services, transportation services have been suspended and some communities do not have access to water and electricity. The economic, social and political crisis in the country which was exacerbated by the fuel crisis has driven thousands to the streets in a historic people’s rebellion which has inspired people across the region and the world.
In order to understand the context within which these mass mobilizations are taking place, we spoke to Chavannes Jean Baptiste. Jean Baptiste is a founding member of the Peasant Movement of Papaye and key leftist leader in Haiti.
Read more at https://peoplesdispatch.org/2019/10/26/haiti-is-living-a-moment-of-almost-complete-insurrection/
Haitians commemorate Dessalines Day with massive mobilizations
Multitudinous mobilizations were held across Haiti on Dessalines Day to continue demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse
October 19, 2019
On October 17, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across Haiti in commemoration of the national revolutionary and liberator Jean-Jacques Dessalines and to demand the resignation of US-backed president Jovenel Moïse. Several massive mobilizations were carried out across the country demanding an end to Moïse’s anti-people, corrupt and neoliberal government.
Starting early in the morning, important roads and highways in the capital city Port-au-Prince and other departments were blocked by the protesters with barricades and burning tires. Almost all civil, commercial, governmental and transportation activities were paralyzed.
Read more at https://peoplesdispatch.org/2019/10/19/haitians-commemorate-dessalines-day-with-massive-mobilizations/
Haitians continue to resist US-backed president and the IMF
Calling for strengthening the people’s resistance, a week-long call for action has been given.
October 15, 2019
On October 13 and 14, another round of massive protests were organized in Haiti calling for the resignation of the country’s United States-backed president Jovenel Moïse. Haitians are also demanding an end to the neoliberal policies that are being pushed by the International Monetary Fund and government allegiance to imperial interests. Artists and musicians, along with all sectors of the Haitian population, joined these protests which saw tens of thousands marching on the streets.
Calling for strengthening the people’s resistance, a week-long call for action has been given. October 15 will witness a day of solidarity with those who have lost their lives or been injured during the last four weeks of popular anti-government protests.
Read more at https://peoplesdispatch.org/2019/10/15/haitians-continue-to-resist-their-us-backed-president-and-the-imf/