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Describe Massacre by UN Troops on Haitian People (Transcript - Democracy
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In Haiti, UN troops launched a pre-dawn raid on Cite Soleil, one of
the most economically-depressed neighborhoods of Port au Prince. Local
residents say it might have been the deadliest attack carried out by
UN troops since they were stationed in the country last year. On Saturday
hundreds of Haitians gatherer for the funeral of Emmanuel "Dread"
Wilme -- a popular community leader who lives in Cite Soleil, one of
the most economically-depressed neighborhoods of Port au Prince. Wilme
was killed last Wednesday when UN troops attacked the neighborhood in
a pre-dawn raid.
Although the raid has received little attention, local residents say
it might have been the deadliest attack carried out by UN troops since
they were stationed in the country last year.
According to residents the UN troops entered the area at about three
in the morning and opened fire. Eyewitnesses reported the UN troops
used helicopters, tanks, machine guns and tear gas in the operation.
The UN has admitted that its troops killed at least five people. UN
military spokesman Colonel Elouafi Boulbars told Agence France Presse,
"The bandits tried to fight our men. They suffered serious losses
and we found five bodies in what was left of a house." Local residents
put the figure at no less than 20. Some estimates are even higher. Witnesses
said innocent civilians were among the victims.
• Witnesses in Cite Soleil describe the UN raid.
Another local resident lost her husband in the raid. She described what
happened on Wednesday.
• Cite Soleil resident describes her husband's death.
The United Nations has defended the operation by describing it as a
necessary move to wipe out violent gang activity. Both the United Nations
and the interim Haitian government have described the slain Dread Wilme
as one of the country's top gang leaders. Cite Soleil is comprised largely
of supporters of the Lavalas Party and ousted Haitian president Jean
Bertrand Aristide who was overthrown in a U.S.-backed coup 18 months
ago. To local residents Dread Wilme was a community leader and the attacks
were seen as politically motivated.
• Cite Soleil residents talk about Emmanuel "Dread"
We are joined in our studio by Seth Donnelly. He visited Cite Soleil
hours after the killings and interviewed survivors. On Saturday he attended
Dread Wilme's funeral. Seth Donnelly was in Haiti as part of
a human rights delegation sponsored by the San Francisco Labor Council.
• Seth Donnelly, San Francisco Labor Council.
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AMY GOODMAN: Witnesses said innocent civilians were among the
RESIDENT OF CITE SOLEIL: A lot of innocent civilians were killed
and there are even some people that they kill and just take them with
them. One of the worst things that happened is that they killed like
a mom with two of her children, and they are still -- the bodies are
AMY GOODMAN: Another local resident lost her husband in the
raid. She described what happened on Wednesday.
RESIDENT OF CITE SOLEIL: I'm working at night, so when I was
back in the morning, so at noon when I was back from my work, I found
him just in his blood. He was the only one here. And my three children
are in the countryside because I have them in countryside. And he is
a very old guy. So they just get inside and pulled him out under the
bed and killed him.
AMY GOODMAN: The United Nations has defended the operation
by describing it as a necessary move to wipe out violent gang activity.
Both the United Nations and the interim Haitian government have described
the slain Dread Wilme as one of the countries top gang leaders. Cite
Soleil is comprised largely of supporters of Lavalas and ousted Haitian
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide overthrown in the coup 18 months ago,
February 29, 2004, the President, Aristide, has described as a U.S.-supported
coup. He said he was kidnapped in the service of a coup backed by the
United States. To local residents, Dread Wilme of Cite Soleil was a
community leader. The attacks were seen as politically motivated.
RESIDENT OF CITE SOLEIL: So Dread Wilme grew up with
us. So, Dread Wilme is one of the guys who grow up in the community
and who wanted to work for peace, who wanted to have, like, an improvement
for the community, and he had, like -- he had developed a good relationship
with all the people in the neighborhood as a professional. So Dread
Wilme was a protector for us; he was like our dad. So they keep saying
that Dread Wilme was like a gang and he was involved in the killings,
but we never see this. We in the community, we have seen him as a peaceful
guy but never as someone who was involved in killings of people. So,
we want to say thank you to [inaudible] because he was the one who make
AMY GOODMAN: We are now joined in our studio by Seth
Donnelly, who went to Cite Soleil a day after the killings last Wednesday.
He interviewed survivors. On Saturday, he attended Dread Wilme's funeral.
Seth Donnelly was in Haiti as part of a human rights delegation that
was sponsored by the San Francisco Labor Council. We welcome you to
SETH DONNELLY: It is good to be here. Thank you, Amy.
AMY GOODMAN: Well, talk about what you learned, what
you understand happened, what is the U.N.'s version of events. We tried
to get the U.N. on. They did not respond to our calls.
SETH DONNELLY: Yeah. I'd like to start with the official
version, and then we'll look at what the evidence of the massacre that
contradicts the official version. I interviewed the top military command
of the U.N. on Friday, July 8, with some Haitian colleagues, human rights
workers. And Lieutenant General Augusto Heleno and Colonel Morano claimed
that the operation was a success. They did state that about 300 U.N.
troops led by a Jordanian contingent, surrounded Cite Soleil, which
as you mentioned is one of the largest ghettos in Port-au-Prince. It’s
one of the poorest neighborhoods in the world. And it has, even before
this operation, it has been sealed off. According to locals, the U.N.
had put shipping freight containers blocking various entrances into
the community because it's been a hotbed of support for President Aristide.
It is a Lavalas base of support, and there has been ongoing conflicts
with U.N. and police in that community. So, the community was already
relatively sealed off. But then the 300 troops came around 3:00 a.m.
July 6, and then also according to U.N. high military command, they
had 18 to 20 armed personal - armored personal carriers, which are basically
like tanks without treads. They have cannons. And they had those choking
off entrances and exits to and from the ghetto.
And then around 5:00 a.m., they launched the attack. They tried to locate
Dread Wilme and capture him. They claimed he was killed. The community
is acknowledging that he was killed. But the top level military command
said they were unaware of any civilian casualties during the operation.
So that was sort of – and they also mentioned that there was a
helicopter that flew 3,000 feet overhead just for observation purposes,
but it did not shoot down into the community.
What we found actually when we went into the community the day after
the operation was widespread evidence that the troops had carried out
a massacre. We found homes, which when we say homes, we are talking
basically shacks of wood and tin, in many cases, riddled with machine
gun blasts as well as tank fire. The holes in a lot of these homes were
too large just to be bullets. They must have been tank-type shells penetrating
the homes. We saw a church and a school completely riddled with machine
gun blasts. And then the community came out.
Once we had passed through, and we were -- the community understood
who we were, women, children, old and young, came out en masse and started
to give us their testimony. They clearly were not being coerced by (quote/unquote)
“gang leaders” or “gang elements.” They took
us into their homes. They showed us bodies that still remained. They
gave us very emotional testimony. People were hysterical still. And
they all claimed that the U.N. forces had fired into their homes, had
fired into their community, and people were saying at a minimum 20,
if not more, people were killed.
Then there's a Haitian human rights worker who was actually on the scene
when the operation occurred and has video footage that unfortunately
we cannot yet release, but there is a plan at some point for that to
be released to the public, that shows people being killed during the
operation quite graphically.
Thirdly, we went to the local hospital that serves people from Cite
Soleil. There's one hospital in Port-au-Prince, it's Medicine Without
Borders, that doesn't charge a fee so very poor people can go to that
hospital. And we asked them if they would share with us their records,
which they did. And we got the impression that nobody from the U.N.
had spoken to them. Perhaps they did but we felt like we were the first
human rights workers making contact with the hospital after the operation.
And sure enough, their records show an influx of civilian casualties.
Starting at 11:00 a.m July 6, there is 26 people alone from Cite Soleil
that came in suffering mostly from gunshot wounds. Out of that 26, 20
were women and children. One pregnant woman lost her child. And 50%
of those 26 people had serious gunshot wounds to the stomach and had
to go into major surgery right away.
Now, if the U.N. was committed to finding out the (quote/unquote) “collateral
damage” of their operation, they would simply need to make a phone
call or do what we did, which was to go to the one hospital in Port-au-Prince
that serves the people of Cite Soleil or they could have spoken to the
Red Cross in Cite Soleil, which admitted that they had transported 15
people out of there on tap-taps into the hospital. So the other --
AMY GOODMAN: Those are local buses? Local buses, tap-taps?
SETH DONNELLY: Yes.
AMY GOODMAN: What did the U.N. military commander say
when you were questioning him about your -- the eyewitness accounts
that you heard?
SETH DONNELLY: Well, the Lieutenant General Augusto Heleno
initially challenged us, our delegation, as to why were we concerned
about the rights of the (quote/unquote) “outlaws,” the term
that he used, and not the (quote/unquote) “legal force.”
He seemed to write off community testimony as being part of community
hostility and part of these (quote/unquote) “gang attacks”
on U.N. forces. In that sense, I felt like he was sort of -- the subtext
of what he was saying was that the community itself was an outlaw community,
that the gang would presumably include all of these folks that came
out to talk to us. Another -- the other military commander present suggested
that some of the bodies that were shown to us were actually killed by
(quote/unquote) “gangs,” and that we should try to have
ballistics tests done on the bodies. I would be all for having ballistics
tests done on those bodies, as well as getting more comprehensive forensic
evidence from medical professionals.
AMY GOODMAN: Seth, you were also at the funeral of
Dread Wilme on Saturday. Fears that there would be another U.N. attack?
SETH DONNELLY: Yeah. Hundreds turned out. Inside of
Cite Soleil, I kept feeling like we were – it was sort of like
a South African township during the apartheid days, cut off. And hundreds
of people came out for this funeral. The way the community spoke about
Dread Wilme – again, not just youth who, you know, often worked
with Dread Wilme, but also the entire community, women and children,
referred to him as a father figure or a protector. But there was twice
during this funeral service where a rumor hit the crowd that U.N. troops
were coming back.
There was U.N. -- some APCs in the distance in Cite Soleil holding off
checkpoints. And twice the rumor hit that they were about to roll on
the crowd, and people fled in terror, including myself. It was a stampede
running with the crowd, because you didn't know what was going to happen.
That also was an indicator that something was very -- when you have
hundreds of people fleeing in terror, it would indicate that something
very wrong happened on July 6.
AMY GOODMAN: You're saying a lot of the eyewitnesses
saw this as a political attack, Cite Soleil, long seen as a stronghold
SETH DONNELLY: Oh, absolutely, the community is highly politicized,
it is highly -- the community views itself locked in a long-term struggle
for the restoration of President Aristide and for the removal of occupation
forces from Haiti, and it views -- people view these attacks as part
of the ongoing post-coup war on the poor majority that is occurring
in Haiti, which, by the way, our delegation outside of this event in
Cite Soleil found comprehensive evidence of an ongoing war on the poor
majority on different levels that is being conducted by the coup regime
itself, the interim government of Latortue
AMY GOODMAN: In other news from Haiti, paramilitary leader,
Guy Philippe announced last week he plans to run in the upcoming Haitian
presidential elections. Last year, he played a key role in the ouster
of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the president. Philippe, a former police
chief who was trained by U.S. special forces in Ecuador in the late
1990s, involved with and has been accused of the masterminding of deadly
attacks in Haiti. We're talking to Seth Donnelly. Last comments, Seth,
as we wrap up right now about the significance of what happened in Cite
Soleil last Wednesday.
SETH DONNELLY: Right, I certainly want to say that
it’s one thing to describe this in words, but when a person actually
enters Cite Soleil, and you see the open sewage streams, you see the
shacks that -- how people are living, and then you think about 18 to
20 armored personnel carriers with tank-type cannons and you think about
300 troops with machine guns and a helicopter, by the way, which community
people are saying fired down on them, and we did see what appears to
be bullet holes in the roofs. It seems to me that this really was a
Warsaw Ghetto-type attack on an impoverished community. And I do think
this is emblematic of the ongoing war on the poor majority that is occurring
in Haiti today, and it requires people in the United States to stand
in solidarity with the people of Cite Soleil.
AMY GOODMAN: The U.S. has not sent military weapons
to Haiti under the democratically elected Jean-Bertrand Aristide, but
was documented sending hundreds, if not a thousand rifles under the
leadership, if you could call it that, of Latortue.
SETH DONNELLY: Sure, and then they froze aid to Aristide,
but now the Latortue government is, you know, receiving all sorts of
money from the U.S. Then you have the -- you have the issue with what
is the U.N. role here. The U.N. role, they’re in all of the very
-- they're in fancy bourgeois hotels. They drive around in these fancy
SUVs. they have resources but I don't see schools being built. I think
it could arguably be stated that Cuban doctors sent by the Cuban government
have done more for the people of Haiti than the entire administer of
the U.N. mission in Haiti since the coup.
AMY GOODMAN: Well, I want to thank you very much for
being with us, Seth Donnelly a member of the U.S. labor human rights
delegation who has just returned from Haiti, reporting to us on what
happened last Wednesday, a pre-raid dawn by U.N. forces in a very poor
area of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, Cite Soleil, long seen
as a Lavalas stronghold, stronghold of the supporters of the democratically-elected
president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. It looks like at least 20 dead, according
to the reports on the ground.
SETH DONNELLY: Estimates from the community are getting much
higher. Yeah. The person who was on the scene has given the estimate
of 30, at least 25 confirmed dead as he sees it.
AMY GOODMAN: I want to thank you very much, Seth, as
we wrap up the show. Thank you.
Dread Wilme Reported killled by UN troops
July 6, 2005
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Drèd Wilme was reported assassinated by the UN occupation forces
in Haiti on Wednesday, July 7, 2005. But he's been falsely reported
dead before. Haitians with faith still know that long after the hired
triggermen who are shooting the people of Cite Soleil and even at Wilme,
are dust in the wind, Drèd Wilme's deeds, the people of Haiti's
resistance to tyranny, will live on, in all Haitians, for all peoples
on this globe, who resist Euro/US-led greed, racism and tyranny against
the poor and African on this planet.
The Haitian resistance against the Western bicentennial re-colonization
of Haiti lives on. Below, we bring again the voice of Drèd Wilme,
speaking a few days after the Apaid-hired-gun, Labanye, was killed and
the UN occupation troops themselves had entered Site Soleil to continue
the Haitian extermination campaign begun when the U.S. Marines kidnapped
President Aristide and exiled him from his country. Drèd Wilme
was announced dead on July 7, 2005, the same day that US CIA asset and
the real killer and Haitian bandit, Guy Phillipe, announced his candidacy
for President of Haiti. Guy Phillipe is a terrorists to the majority
of Haitians thus, naturally he's a "freedom fighter" for Roger
Noreiga, James Foley, Haiti Democracy Project, NED, IRI and their Group
Drèd Wilme represent(ed) Haiti's manhood, its courage and commitment
to liberty. He stood, as a lone fighter, a father to the Haitians in
Site Soleil without defenders against the most powerfully armed nations
on earth. Wilme lasted without resources for more than 16months evading
the biggest manhunt in the Western Hemisphere led against Haitian self-determination
by the alien and foreign occupying forces. But because Dred Wilme could
not, like Guy Phillipe be bought off by a U.S. dollar, he was a terrorist
for the aims of U.S. Ambassador Foley and right wing Cuban-American
hater of indigenous self-rule, Roger Noreiga. Haitians throughout Haiti
and the Diaspora embrace Wilme as they do Kapwa Lamò and Charlemagne
Peralte. None of those calling Drèd Wilme "bandit"
have ever shown he traveled outside his community to
attack either the foreigner who came to kill him in his own home, nor
the morally repugnant Haitian bourgeoisie who paid assassins to destroy
his community, his nation. In contrast to the bi-centennial Coup D'etat
traitors, Drèd Wilme is known to the people in his community
as a defender of the defenseless and poor. Again, we say, as we did
last April, Wilme covered himself in glory because he added value in
his own community, and if, in fact, he lives no more, he joins the line
going back to that first Neg and Negès Ginen who can only - depi
lan Guinen - live free or die. That unborn spirit, that Haitian soul,
cannot die. It's rising.
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July 8, 2005
Haiti Action Committee
July 10, 2005
Haiti Action Committee condemns UN massacre in Haiti, demands an end
to the killing
The Haiti Action Committee today condemned a July 6 massacre of Haitian
civilians in Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince carried out by UN "peacekeepers".
Dave Welsh, a delegate with the San Francisco Labor Council who was
in Haiti as part of a labor/human rights delegation, said, "This
full-blown military attack on a densely-populated neighborhood, which
multiple sources confirm killed at least 23 people, is a crime."
Published estimates indicate that upwards of 50 may have been killed
and an indeterminate number wounded, and that more than 300 heavily
armed UN troops took part in the assault on the neighborhood. The attack
took place in Cite Soleil, an extremely poor area that is staunchly
supportive of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Aristide was
forced from office by the U.S. embassy in collusion with U.S.-backed
paramilitaries on February 29, 2004 and is now in exile in South Africa.
Seth Donnelly, a California teacher with the same delegation, visited
the scene of the massacre and spoke to traumatized survivors of the
attack. "This operation started early Wednesday morning at 3am,
with Jordanian and other troops on foot and in tanks and helicopters
machine gun turrets. It was a full-scale attack. Survivors told us that
when they saw UN troops they felt that, unlike Haitian police, they
would not fire on civilians, but that the 'peacekeepers' soon began
shooting into houses and at civilians. "
The Labor/Human Rights Delegation from the United States, sponsored
by the San Francisco Labor Council, had been in Haiti since late June
to attend the Congress of the Confederation of Haitian Workers (CTH),
the country's largest labor organization, and met with hundreds of
Haitian workers, farmers and professionals, interviewing scores of them
about the current labor and human rights crisis in Haiti. Pierre Labossiere
of the Haiti Action Committee noted, "MINUSTAH [The United Nations
Stabilization Mission in Haiti] apologized to the Haitian police for
its delayed arrival on the scene of an incident where two Haitian police
officers were killed on May 22, but it has never once apologized for
any of the many documented instances where
UN troops killed Haitian civilians. This latest attack, in which people
in their homes and on the way to work were killed for no reason, is
beyond the pale. Such atrocities must not be accepted by the international
community. Those responsible for these killings of civilians must be
brought to trial."
Labossiere concluded that the U.S.Embassy should immediately refrain
from more statements which provide a "green light" for slaughter
of civilians. "By recently calling grassroots activists 'gang members'
and 'terrorists', U.S. Ambassador James Foley sent a signal that it's
open season on civilians. This is especially Orwellian, since the real
terrorists in Haiti are the UN troops, the Haitian police and the paramilitaries
who are killing civilians. Under its most recent
mandate, the UN has supervision of the Haitian police. But instead of
stopping the killing of civilians, the UN is stepping up the slaughter,"
Soleil Community Turns Out En Masse For Funeral of Dread Wilme
Credible Estimates of Civilian Casualties
during July 6th UN Military Operation in Cite Soleil Continue to Mount
US Labor and Human Rights Delegation
July 9th, Port-au-Prince
For further information, contact Delegation Member Seth Donnelly: 650-814-8495
Hundreds of people of all ages turned out for the funeral of Dread Wilme,
a leader of the Cite Soleil community in Port-au-Prince. Wilme was reportedly
killed in a UN military operation in Cite Soleil during the early morning
hours of Wednesday, July 6th. The funeral ceremony was held in the street
and involved speeches by community activists, music, dancing, and carrying
a coffin to the people. White banners were draped up and down one of
the main streets in the community. Media, mostly Haitian, were present.
Speakers expressed respect for Wilme as someone who embodied the hopes
of the community, someone who attempted to stand up for and protect
his community. They vowed to continue the struggle for the rights of
the poor in Haiti to healthcare, education, and democracy. In this spirit,
they also vowed to fight for the return of President Aristide. One young
female speaker stirred the crowd with her words affirming the dignity
of the people of Cite Soleil and their rights to be treated as human
Another speaker addressed the issue of kidnappings in Haiti, claiming
that they were being used by the coup regime to scapegoat poor communities
like Cite Soleil. Armed young men seemed to provide security for the
At least twice during the service, people began to urgently run away,
turning into a collective stampede, when rumors circulated that MINUSTAH
forces were coming. MINUSTAH APCs (tanks) were stationed at several
checkpoints in the neighborhood. People appeared to be terrified of
One older, Haitian-American woman who recently moved to Cite Soleil
one month ago to practice her ministry gave an interview to a US human
rights delegation and Haitian journalists, stating that the youth of
Cite Soleil are not animals or "chimeres", but intelligent
human beings who are struggling to deal with the most harsh oppression.
She described Dread Wilme as someone who worked on behalf of these youth,
providing them with education and food when the larger society was willing
to throw them away.
Credible Estimates of Casualties During the July 6th UN Military Operation
in Cite Soleil
Continue to Mount
In contrast to the claim made by the UN high military command in Haiti
that they were unaware of any civilian casualties from Cite Soleil during
the July 6th operation, the staff at the Medecines Sans Frontieres Hospital
in Port-au-Prince reported that they received a wave of wounded civilians
from Cite Soleil on July 6th. This is one of the few, if not the only
hospitals in Port-au-Prince where people can from Cite Soleil can go
because it provides free health care.
Ali Besnaci, "Chef de Mission" of the Medecins Sans Frontieres
program and hospital staff member Olivia Gayraud met with a US and Haitian
human rights team on July 9th, sharing the hospital registry records
with the team. The records indicate that on July 6th, starting at approximately
11 AM, the hospital received a total of 26 wounded people from Cite
Soleil who were transported to the facility by Red Cross "tap taps"
(local trucks). Of these 26, 20 were women and children and 6 were men.
Half of the total number were seriously wounded by abdominal gun shot
wounds and were routed into major surgery. One pregnant woman lost her
baby. Other victims seem to be in recovery, according to the hospital
staff. All reported that they had been wounded by UN military forces
during the operation and some spoke of their homes being destroyed.
This number of 26 stands in contrast to the hospital's records of Cite
Soleil residents admitted on other days when the figures are much lower,
such as 2 people on July 7th and none on July 8th. One Haitian human
rights worker present during the meeting with the hospital staff speculated
that the number of men from Cite Soleil who were admitted to the hospital
was low because many men would fear being arrested by the authorities
while in the hospital.
Meanwhile, one Haitian journalist who was an eyewitness to the damages
in Cite Soleil on the morning of July 26th claims that he personally
saw 20 bodies, and that 5 additional victims were buried by their families,
and that 5 families were searching for loved ones who have been missing
since the morning of July 6th. Additionally, a Reuters reporter covering
Dread Wilme's funeral told a human rights team that he had personally
seen and taken pictures of 7 bodies when he entered Cite Soleil at some
point after the operation. Moreover, he took video footage of gun shots
through roofs in the community, indicating that perhaps there had been
helicopter fire from UN forces, as many community members allege. The
US human rights team also saw what appeared to be many gun shot holes
through the roof of a community school and an adjacent building.
Another estimate on the death toll from one community member who spoke
during the funeral ceremony ranges as high as 80 community members killed.
Agence Haïtienne de Presse - AHP
AHP News - July 11, 2005 - English translation (Unofficial)
MINUSTAH is under
fire from critics after the July 6th operation in Cité Soleil
Port-au-Prince, July 11, 2005 (AHP)- Images broadcast last week by Haitian
television stations showed that the operations conducted last week in
Cité Soleil with the intention of capturing local band leader
Dread Wilmé seem to have been carried out without any methodology
in an indiscriminate manner, said several human rights representatives
The footage showed a large number of homes riddled with bullet holes,
roofs of homes pierced from overhead and substantial property damage.
Some human rights observers believe that this suggests that the soldiers
and police involved in this operation did not have precise targets but
rather struck with their eyes shut.
What has been described as the blind nature of the operation might explain
the death toll of some ten people put forward by some residents of Cité
Soleil who said that not even women and children were spared.
Several different sources have reported that some kidnap victims died
during the operation along with young children and women.
For its part, an American organization focusing on human rights, the
Labor and Human Rights Delegation, which was in Haiti at the time of
the MINUSTAH operation, said that according to witnesses, the attack
by MINUSTAH was supported by two helicopters, assault rifles, armored
vehicles and tear gas.
According to the delegation, which was in Haiti to attend the CTH congress,
many homes, a church and a school were damaged. Electrical transformers
were also damaged.
The Labor and Human Rights Delegation's report cites eyewitnesses describing
how residents were killed as they tried to flee. Others were killed
inside their homes.
Some corpses were carried off by foreign soldiers, the report indicated.
The Labor and Human Rights Delegation believes the death toll may reach
50 or more.
The members of the delegation stressed that women and children were
killed as they fled, including a woman who was killed along with her
The Labor and Human Rights Delegation stated that this manner of conducting
operations designed to counter violence in the populist districts is
revolting and deplorable, especially in light of the fact that at the
end of the day the officially declared objective might not have been
MINUSTAH announced that during the operation only five alleged bandits
were killed. However at the same time, a military spokesperson, Colonel
Eloifi Boulbars said that many bandits had been killed.
The UN Mission also affirmed that it spent a lot of time preparing for
this operation so as to avoid non-combatant casualties. However witness
appear to contradict these statements. Many of them have accused MINUSTAH
of falling into the trap set by those who are pushing the UN toward
indiscriminate repression and changing its mission from peace to war.
Agence Haïtienne de Presse - AHP
July 11, 2005
AHP News - July 11, 2005 - English translation (Unofficial)
The funeral of Dread Wilmé: there will always be more Wilmés
as long as there is misery and exclusion, according to the participants
Port-au-Prince, July 11, 2005 (AHP)- Several thousand residents of Cité
Soleil took part Saturday in funeral services for the leader of a community
band from Bois-Neuf, Emmanuel Wilner, known as Dread Wilmé, who
was declared dead on July 6th during a strong-arm
operation conducted by UN soldiers.
The corpse of Dread Wilmé in his coffin covered with the Haitian
flag was available for viewing at the public square in Soleil 19.
Thousands of Cité Soleil residents who paid tribute to Dread
Wilmé described him as someone who fought for the poor of this
shantytown. The organizers of the funeral denounced the military operation
that led to the death of their leader as well as the deaths of many
They reaffirmed their determination to continue the struggle for the
return of constitutional order in the country.
"Dread Wilmé is not dead", declared one of the organizers,
such a man can not die, chanted the crowd with one voice.
"As long as there is misery, social exclusion, arbitrariness and
violence, there will always be Dread Wilmés", the voices
of the crowd insisted.
In order to prevent the UN soldiers from staging an assault on the funeral,
area residents cut off and barricaded all streets leading to the place
where the ceremony was held.
Amaralh Duclonas, who was presented as the deputy of Dread Wilmé
and took part in the funeral services, rejected allegations against
Mr. Wilmé and his comrades asserting that they are bandits.
According to Amaralh, Dread Wilmé is dead because he never betrayed
the cause in spite of all the offers made to him.
Amaralh said that his colleagues and he himself are ready to continue
the struggle on behalf of the poor even after the death of Dread Wilmé,
who has been accused of responsibility for most of the violence that
has taken place in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area.
‘One will not wait 20
or 30 years, he said, to see men and women write their doctoral dissertations
on the life of Dread Wilmé.’
---Ronald St. Jean, Coordinator, Committee to Defend the Rights
of Haitians (CPDH)
CARLI DEMANDS EXPLANATIONS FROM MINUSTAH
AND THE HAITIAN POLICE REGARDING THE 6TH JULY 2005 OPERATION IN CITE
SOLEIL | AHP, July 11, 2005
Port-au-Prince, July 11, 2005 (AHP)- The Haitian human rights organization,
CARLI, demanded Monday in the name of the universally recognized right
to life, that the Haitian National Police and MINUSTAH provide detailed
explanations of the events of Wednesday July 6 in Cité Soleil.
CARLI expressed grave concern at the abusive use of force by the authorities
as a means of resolving the violence in Haiti.
"During the operation conducted by the national police and MINUSTAH
against Dread Wilmé on Wednesday July 6 in Cité Soleil,
several members of the civilian population were killed and dozens of
homes of poor families living in the shantytown were riddled with bullets",
wrote CARLI in a news release dated July 10, 2005, sent to AHP.
Among the main points of the news release was that many women and the
mothers of several children expressed their feelings of utter helplessness
and anguish at being compelled to remain in Cité Soleil for lack
of any alternative.
According to the human rights organization, it is important to wage
a campaign against violence, criminality, banditry and kidnapping, but
the abusive use of blind force is to be ruled out.
CARLI considers that weapons can not in any way bring peace to Haiti
nor can they facilitate reconciliation between Haitian families.
The organization encouraged the transition government to take into consideration
the basic needs of the inhabitants of Cité Soleil and other populist
districts of the capital as a sine qua non condition for any lasting
peace, any genuine democracy and any sustainable development.
For its part, the Committee to Defend the Rights of Haitians (CPDH)
said that the objective of the July 6th operation was to eliminate the
poor from the populist districts.
CPDH coordinator Roland St-Jean pointed out to the intellectual elite
that they have always viewed those who are fighting for change and the
liberation of the Haitian people as bandits and savages.
One will not wait 20 or 30 years, he said, to see men and women write
their doctoral dissertations on the life of Dread Wilmé.
Ronald St-Jean said he supports the observations of residents of the
Cité who insisted that as long as there is exclusion, discrimination
and violence there will always be "Dread Wilmés".
July 12, 2005
Labor delegation reports massacre in Port-au-Prince
By G. Dunkel
United Nations troops patrolling in Haiti carried out a massacre of
Haitians in poor, working-class areas of Port-au-Prince on July 6, according
to a visiting labor delegation from the United States. Haitian police
carried out another massacre on July 8. The massacres occurred in communities
where the support for deposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is the
U.S. Marines had kidnapped Aristide on Feb. 29, 2004, and removed him
from office and from Haiti as part of a right-wing coup. The troops
of three imperialist countries--the U.S., France and Canada--first occupied
Haiti after the kidnapping. They have now been replaced by the UN Stabilization
Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), which was created by the Security Council.
According to the U.S. delegation's report, 350 UN soldiers from Peru
and Jordan, using 35 armored personnel carriers and two helicopters,
began their assault on Cite Soleil between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on July
6. Once the troops were in position to seal off the alleys of Boisneuf
and Projet Drouillard--two neighborhoods inside Cite Soleil--with tanks
and troops, they began firing around 4 a.m. It appears that the Haitian
National Police (PNH) did not have much of a presence in this operation.
This massacre was only lightly reported in the imperialist media. AP
carried a story of 440 words, UPI used 67 words. Five or six Canadian
newspapers picked it up, and about the same number of U.S. papers. One
British paper, the Independent, ran a longer story. But, unfortunately
for the UN forces, which claimed that only two to six people were killed,
a labor/civil rights delegation was in Port-au-Prince at the time. Dave
Welch, a member of the San Francisco Central Labor Council, had organized
a delegation to a congress of the Confederation of Haitian Workers.
Welch told Workers World, "One member of our delegation, Seth Donnelly,
who belongs to the California Teachers Association, went to Cite Soleil
24 hours after the UN attacked. He personally counted 23 bodies lying
in pools of blood in the streets."
The delegation interviewed scores of people and videoed where the attack
took place. According to Welch, their footage shows "the homes--in
some cases made of tin and cardboard--that had been riddled by bullets,
tank fire and helicopter ammunition."
He continued, "The team also filmed a church and a school that
had been riddled by ammunition. Some community members allowed the team
to interview them, but not to film their faces for fear of their lives.
People were traumatized."'Systematic firing on civilians.' The
press release from the delegation goes a bit further: "'There was
systematic firing on civilians,' said one eyewitness to the killing.
'All exits were cut off. The community was choked off, surrounded--facing
tanks coming from different angles, and overhead, helicopters with machine
guns fired down on the people. The citizens were under attack from all
sides and from the air. It was war on a community.'"
The chief target of the UN attack on Cite Soleil appears to have been
a popular leader of Fanmi Lavalas, Emmanuel (Dread) Wilme, who had organized
a number of mass protests for the restoration of democracy, the return
of Aristide and the overturn of the interim government.
He, his wife and one of his children were killed and his house destroyed.
The head of the police, Leon Charles, was quite definite that Dread
Wilme had been killed, even though his body had not been recovered.
Many people in Cite Soleil--young and old, men and women--spoke highly
of Dread Wilme, referring to him as their "protector" or "father."
Earlier this year in April, Dread Wilme had been a target of a UN attack
and was wounded. He gave an interview to Radio Lakou, a Kreyol station
out of New York. Some of its broadcasts are also available on the Internet.
At that time, Wilme said, "Well, the situation is very serious,
not just in Cite Soleil but all over Haiti. ... The way things are in
the country today, journalists are being killed, school children are
being killed, business people are being killed. Many people who would
have been useful to the country are being killed. As Lavalas militants
throughout all parts of the country, ... we are standing up to defend
our rights, to demand that President Aristide return to the country
and for us to live in peace, because without President Aristide there
can be no peace."
Police shoot into houses According to the Haitian Press Agency (AHP),
an independent press service headquartered in Port-au-Prince, a dozen
people, most in their own homes, were killed on July 8 in the district
of the capital called Bel Air by Haitian cops driving in a red Nissan
patrol car. As the Nissan drove up and down the streets, the cops fired
blindly into houses. AHP reported that six cadavers lay in a pool of
blood on Macajoux Street until the end of the afternoon.
The UN forces' mandate states that every operation of the PNH has to
be approved by the commander of MINUSTAH, Brazilian Gen. Augusto Heleno
Ribeiro Pereira. He in turn answers to the UN Security Council, which
is dominated by the imperialists.
Family and friends of the victims denounced these summary executions,
but said the killings would not shake their determination to keep on
demonstrating until democracy was restored with the return of President
The day before the attack on Bel Air, the leader of Fanmi Lavalas there,
Samba Boukman, denounced the assassination of Dread Wilme as "brutal
The same day as the police attack on Bel Air, dozens of people who work
for the city of Port-au-Prince demonstrated in front of the Ministry
of the Interior. They hadn't been paid for 18 months and accused the
mayor of Port-au-Prince, Carline Simon, of acting against the interests
of the poor and working people of the city.
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Haiti Information Project
July 12, 2005
Evidence mounts of a UN massacre
Port au Prince, Haiti (HIP) - In the early morning hours of July 6,
more than 350 UN troops stormed the seaside shantytown of Cite Soleil
in a military operation with the stated purpose of halting violence
in Haiti. The successful goal of the mission was to assassinate a 31
year-old man and his lieutenants that Haiti's rightwing media and reactionary
business community had labeled a bandit and armed of supporter of ousted
president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. According to residents, Emmanuel "Dread"
Wilmer and four others were felled in a hail of gunfire that came from
all directions including a circling helicopter. According to the Associated
Press, a military spokesman for the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti,
Colonel Eloufi Boulbars stated, "Armed bandits who had tried to
resist were either killed or wounded."
On July 6 in Cite Soleil, a weeping Fredi Romelus, recounted how UN
troops lobbed a red smoke grenade into his house and then opened fire
killing his wife and two children. "They surrounded our house this
morning and I ran thinking my wife and the children were behind me.
They couldn't get out and the blan [UN] fired into the house."
Exclusive video footage from a HIP reporter captured the interview as
well as the images of the three victims. Lying in blood on the floor
of the modest home were Mr. Romelus's wife, 22 year-old Sonia Romelus
who was killed by the same bullet that passed through the body of her
1 year-old infant son Nelson. She was apparently holding the child as
the UN opened fire. Next to them was her four year-old son Stanley Romelus
who was killed by a single shot to the head.
Officially, the UN has responded that they only opened fire after being
fired upon and have discounted non-combatant casualties. The HIP video
shows 31 year-old Leonce Chery moments after a headshot ripped through
his jaw. Chery was clearly unarmed as he lay bleeding to death in a
pool of his own blood. In fact, the majority of the victims shown on
the video were unarmed falling prey to a single shot to the head.
The international medical group Doctors without Borders, reported 26
people from Cite Soleil were treated for gunshot wounds at St. Joseph's
hospital following the UN operation on July 6. According to reports,
20 of the injured were women and children and one pregnant woman lost
her child during surgery. Many wounded and untreated victims of gunshot
wounds are reported to be hiding in Cite Soleil. They fear leaving the
area to seek medical treatment for fear of reprisal by the UN and the
In an exclusive interview in Cite Soleil following the UN operation,
Jean Jorel, a Lavalas representative and member of the Fanmi Lavalas
Political Commission commented, "Today all the popular neighborhoods
are under attack." Jorel continued, "These neighborhoods represent
the poor and the majority of the Haitian people. Neighborhoods like
Cite Soleil, Bel Air and Solino have been turned into cemeteries.
Since the coup of Feb. 29, 2004, the international community has never
concerned themselves with creating programs for the poor. Instead they
have taken up a campaign of extermination against the poor at the request
of Reginald Boulos, Charles Henry Baker, and Andy Apaid. We ask the
international community to end their hypocrisy. We ask them to stop
the killing! We ask them to stop supporting this unelected government
and realize that the majority, who are the poor, are committed to the
return of Jean-Bertrand Aristide." The U.S. State Department and
Haiti's wealthy elite had called for the UN to take tougher action against
supporters of Aristide's political movement known as Lavalas. Dr. Reginald
Boulos, the president of the Haitian Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
called on the UN to step up its military operations against the "bandits"
on May 27. Meanwhile, the term "bandits" has become a code
word to signify Lavalas supporters in the Haitian elite-run media.
In response, the U.N. and the Police Nationale d'Haiti (PNH) launched
a major offensive against Cite Soleil on May 31. At least 3 people were
killed and scores injured after U.N. and PNH security forces reportedly
entered the area with "guns shooting everywhere" according
to residents. This was followed by a four-day siege of the pro-Aristide
neighborhood of Bel Air that began on June 2. At least 30 people were
killed and more than 15 homes were reportedly burned to the ground.
Human rights observers described the tactics being employed by the Haitian
police during the raids as a "scorched earth" policy. The
Haitian police moved against Bel Air again on June 17 killing at least
10 people in another bloody raid. Among the first
victims shot by the police that day was 17 year-old Natalie Luzius.
She was clutching her 6 month-old son Fritznel Luzius to protect him
at the moment a police bullet struck her in the head and killed her.
The U.S. State department responded by adding its support to anti-Lavalas
crusade. Roger Noriega, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere
affairs, directly accused Aristide on June 24 of personally fomenting
violence in Haiti. Noreiga asserted in a Miami Herald interview, "We
believe that his people are receiving instructions directly from his
voice and indirectly through his acolytes that communicate with him
personally in South Africa."
On July 4, U.S. Ambassador James Foley gave the green light for violently
clamping down on Haiti's majority political party, "Today in Haiti
they are burning houses, they are burning stores, they are attacking
means of transportation and communication links. They are kidnapping
people of all social classes. They are assassinating, torturing and
raping. All of this has a name: The use of violence against civilians
for political purposes is the very definition of terrorism."
For photographic evidence go to: UN "peacekeepers" in Haiti
accused of massacre, July 13, 2005
July 13, 2005
Violence intensifies in Port au Prince, Haiti
One injured man, transported to St. Joseph’s by a local taxi,
was arrested right in front of two stretcher-bearers before they could
take him out of the vehicle, and driven by the police to Port-au-Prince’s
general hospital, where he died an hour later, under police guard and
Pierre Salignon, General Director of the international medical humanitarian
organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in France,
recently returned from a visit to Haiti. He describes the extreme violence
reigning in Port-au-Prince’s poorest neighborhoods and how the
United Nations (UN) Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah) —
far from restoring calm — has been drawn into a war against supporters
of former President Aristide. As the security situation continues to
deteriorate in Haiti's capital, MSF has called on all armed groups in
the city to respect the safety of civilians and allow immediate access
to emergency medical care for those wounded in clashes.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005 It is about ten a.m. in Port-au-Prince. A Haitian
Red Cross ambulance pulls up to the emergency entrance of St. Joseph’s
Hospital, sirens wailing. Two Red Cross volunteers wearing white helmets
jump out of the car. They lift a man with a gunshot wound out on a bloody
He was gunned down, it seems, just a few moments ago on the streets
of the Haitian capital, during an exchange of gunfire between UN troops
and supporters of exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the notorious
Chimères. The hospital is a flurry of activity. Doctors and nurses
Five emergency gunshot wounds have already been admitted this morning.
One man, stretched out on a bed, is giving blood for a relative; another
is undergoing surgery for a severe abdominal wound. In all, a fairly
ordinary morning in Port-au-Prince.
People in Haiti are living in constant fear, caught as they are between
widespread criminal violence and an armed insurrection against Prime
Minister Gérard Latortue who was put in power in late 2004 after
the autocratic President Aristide was pressured into exile, mainly by
the US and France.
More than a third of the city is considered “extremely dangerous”
- at the mercy of armed groups, most of them Aristide supporters. A
Haitian member of the MSF team gave this grim summary of the situation:
“When you walk down the street, you don’t know whether
you’re still alive or already dead.”
While the UN Security Council renewed the mandate of the UN “Stabilization”
Mission in Haiti — 7,400 blue helmets and international policemen,
plus an additional 1,000 men for the upcoming pre-electoral period —
violence against civilians in Port au Prince is a daily occurrence (the
rest of the country is still calm), and the number of wounded treated
by MSF continues to grow.
In response to the lack of appropriate medical care for the wounded,
in late December 2004 MSF opened a 56-bed trauma center at St. Joseph’s,
a Port-au-Prince hospital. It is the only place that provides free,
high quality emergency medical and surgical care for the many victims
of violence. Since March 2005, MSF has also provided post-surgical physiotherapy
at a 27-bed physical rehabilitation center.
The direct violence seen in this medical program (gunshot victims and
knife wounds, beatings, burns, head trauma) simply reflects the deteriorating
security situation and its direct effect on the population.
By early July, the MSF team had treated teams have treated more than
3,100 patients – 1,112, for violence-related injuries. Almost
half of victims are women, children, or elderly, most often injured
during violent confrontations between either the Haitian National Police
(HNP) or UN forces and criminal pro-Aristide groups entrenched in several
of the capital’s slums.
Nearly 900, or one third, of the victims have been treated for gunshot
wounds — in some cases caused by exploding bullets. The vast majority
of the 30 or so deaths recorded at St. Joseph’s Hospital between
December 2004 and May 2005 were from gunshot wounds. About 40 women
have also been treated for rape, with the victims receiving both medical
and psychological care.
Some of the wounded are brought in by the UN or by private taxis. But
most of the injured are referred to MSF by the Haitian Red Cross, who
put themselves at considerable risk every day in order to do their work.
In mid-June, two of their volunteers were seriously injured (and treated
by MSF) in the seaside slum of Cité Soleil, during an exchange
of gunfire between Minustah soldiers and the Chimères. One of
the gang leaders had warned, “If UN soldiers show up on our streets,
According to medical personnel, it is very hard for wounded men and
teenaged boys to get to St. Joseph’s. Suspected by the police
of belonging to armed opposition groups, they fear being arrested or
executed by the police before they can even receive care. One injured
man, transported to St. Joseph’s by a local taxi, was arrested
right in front of two stretcher-bearers before they could take him out
of the vehicle, and driven by the police to Port-au-Prince’s general
hospital, where he died an hour later, under police guard and without
Faced with the ever-worsening security situation in Port-au-Prince,
in early July MSF made a public appeal to all armed actors to spare
civilians and facilitate the transfer of the wounded to hospitals, particularly
to St. Joseph’s emergency unit, which is trying to take in all
of the wounded, no matter who they are.
It is not easy. Civilians, young “combatants” from the slums,
and policemen lay side-by-side in hospital rooms, all wounded in the
violence wracking the Haitian capital. News of MSF’s treatment
program has progressively spread through all the neighborhoods, particularly
the poorest, but also to those involved in national and international
politics. There is a hope that this means greater security for MSF’s
patients and medical and surgical teams in this difficult context.
But we should not delude ourselves. The situation could well deteriorate
further, leading to even more violence. The international community
bears a lot of the responsibility. Minustah cannot “reestablish
peace” in Port-au-Prince. Because of its mandate from the UN Security
Council allowing it to use force in order to accomplish its “mission”,
it has become an armed player in the conflict, a source of violence
against civilians during police operations in the slums.
No longer taken aback by “collateral damage” caused by UN
soldiers, one of its representatives even sees it as the price that
has to be paid in order to “stabilize” Port-au-Prince. There
seems little concern if Minustah is now seen by a significant segment
of the population as an occupation force, buttressing a transitional
government with limited powers. Meanwhile, Haitians continue to live
in extreme poverty, faceless victims of an almost forgotten conflict
whose quick and peaceful resolution appears highly unlikely.
Sample Letter - (After death of Dred Wilme and the July 6, 2005 UN Massacre
in Site Soley)
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HLLN Note dated November, 2005:
suasion alone will not free Haitians: Experience these last
18-months and Haitian history with the US status-quo officials has proven
that the UN and US officials are not responding, so please, don't send
appeals only to the UN, US officials or US Embassy, please send appeals
also to the people of the US and primarily to the media. Flood the U.S.
local, national and international media with your concerns about the
re-enslavement of the people of Site Soley and Haiti. Media
UN peacekeepers mount new anti-gang operation in capital , November,
also, HLLN's Open Letter and our
original Action Alert sample letters)
To whom it may concern,
This may come as some surprise to you, but there are still here in the
United States a considerable number of people who respect the mission
of the United Nations. There are even many who believe that it represents
the best hope for world peace. We renounce violence, force, and unilateralism
for cooperation and negotiation.
This is why it is so disheartening to see soldiers marching under the
U.N. flag acting as proxies for Bush’s racist war on the Haitian
poor. The Haitian people have been the victims of a destabilization
campaign, which robbed them of their democratically elected government
and constitution. The U.S. was the principle architect of this campaign,
but is unable to re-stabilize the situation. (sound familiar?) The U.N.
has been placed in the position where they are asked to do this task,
but in reality it is not a task of peacekeeping, but rather one of pacification,
attempting to impose a government which has no popular support.
The results are predictable: UN troops involved in human rights abuses,
even massacres. This is enough to break the heart of even the most optimistic
of peace activists.
I hope that you read this, and take action to end the use of UN troops
as proxies for the US war on Haiti’s poor masses. A true peacekeeping
force would have handed power back to the legitimate government of Haiti
cc: Fax a copy of letter also to Haitian Minister of Justice
Fax. No. 011-509-245-0474
Me. Henri Dorlèans
Ministre de la Justice et de la Sècuritè Publique
Ministère de la Justice
19 Avenue Charles Sumner
Fax No. (212) 963-4879
Hon. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General
United Nations Headquarters
First Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017
Source: United Nations News Service
Date: 18 Nov 2005
Haiti: UN peacekeepers mount
new anti-gang operation in capital
Continuing their anti-gang operations in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince,
United Nations peacekeepers launched another raid in the Cité
Militaire area yesterday after intense firing during the night sowed
panic among residents.
During the raid, troops of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)
detained some 50 suspects, 40 of whom were later released, and seized
a M16 sub-machinegun, two pistols and 2,000 cartridges. Two people were
The area was later reported calm but the UN troops remained there.
Earlier this week, 200 UN peacekeepers waged an eight-hour gun battle
with heavily armed men who attacked them in Cité Militaire, killing
four of the assailants.
MINUSTAH was set up by the Security Council last year to help to re-establish
peace in the impoverished Caribbean country after an insurgency forced
elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile in February
Associated Press Worldstream
November 23, 2005SECTION: INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Brazilian general denies accusations of human rights violations in Haiti
By VIVIAN SEQUERA; Associated Press Writer
DATELINE: BRASILIA, Brazil
The Brazilian general formerly in charge of U.N. peacekeeping troops
in Haiti on Wednesday denied allegations that his forces had carried
out executions or other atrocities in the impoverished Caribbean nation.
Gen. Augusto Heleno Ribeiro told the foreign relations committee of
Brazil's lower house of Congress that the accusations were spread by
gangs linked to former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in an
attempt to sully the peacekeepers' legitimacy.
He said many of the allegations arose from an operation in the Cite
Soleil slum that resulted in the death of gang leader Emmanuel "Dread"
Wilme. He said the operation caused little harm to civilians.
"One hour after the operation, local radio stations went there
and did not uncover any of the alleged irregularities," Ribeiro
On Nov. 15, human rights groups such as Global Exchange and the Institute
for Justice and Democracy alleged that systematic massacres were carried
out in Port-au-Prince by the Haitian National Police and by U.N. forces
under Brazil's command.
At the time, Brazil's foreign ministry issued a statement denying the
The general said claims that soldiers carried out executions began to
appear a day after the operation. He said that any such killings were
likely carried out by gang members seeking revenge on slum residents
suspected of collaborating with peacekeeping forces.
"The majority of executions were people shot in the head. That
is not characteristic of military operations," Ribeiro said.
Ribeiro was in charge of the U.N. force in Haiti from June 2004 until
last August, when he was replaced by another Brazilian, Gen. Urano Teixeira
Brazil has more than 1,100 soldiers in Haiti as part of the U.N. force
trying to re-establish order ahead of elections to replace the interim
government imposed after the February 2004 ouster of President Jean-Bertrand
U.N. troops have repeatedly traded gunfire with the gang members in
the Pele neighborhood of Cite Soleil. The U.N. says its forces have
killed five alleged gang members and arrested nearly 100 people.
Gang leaders, who describe themselves as a self-protection force for
slum dwellers against Haitian police and soldiers, say 15 people have
been killed - including unarmed civilians caught in crossfire.
Cite Soleil, home to about 200,000 people, is one of the most lawless
and violent areas of Haiti. International authorities have pressed the
U.N. forces to crack down on the gangs before the elections to replace
the interim government imposed following the February 2004
ouster of Aristide.Copyright © 2005 Associated Press.age
HLLN's Open Letter Demanding a Stop to UN slaughter of Haitian civilians
in Site Soleil, Haiti
Recommended Links to honor Dred Wilmè on July 6, 2007,
Perspectives, June 6, 2007 (July
6, 2007 sponsored by HLLN's
is Rising Worldwide)
Solidarity Day Pictures & Articles
May 18, 2005
and Articles Witness Project
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Wilme - on "Wanted poster" of suspects wanted by the
"Dread" Wilme reported killed July 6, 2005
"Dread" Wilme speaks:
Radio Lakou New York, April 4, 2005 interview with Emmanuel "Dread"
Alert- Demand a Stop to Killings
in Cite Soleil:
Sample letters and Contact information provided, April 21, 2005
Crucifiction of Emmanuel
Peralte - The old Bandit King of Haiti
* In 1919 the US murdered him and put the body on public display
Urge the Caribbean Community to stand firm in not recognizing
the illegal Latortue regime:
Show at the
July 27, 2004 Haiti Forum Press Conference during the DNC
in Boston honoring those who stand firm for Haiti and democracy;
those who tell the truth about Haiti; Presenting the Haiti
Resolution, and; remembering Haiti's revolutionary legacy
in 2004 and all those who have lost life or liberty fighting
against the Feb. 29, 2004 Coup d'etat and its consequences