ANOTHER KIM IVES LIE THAT MARTELLY GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE STEPS TO COUNTERACT: OTHERWISE WORLD BELIEVES IVES… 3000 MARCHERS BECOME 1,700,000!! WITH A COUPLE OF KEYSTROKES!!!-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth
Popular march of thousands in Port au Prince, Nov 18, 2013 calling for resignation of Michel Martelly, photo Wendel Polynice, Haiti Liberte
By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberte, Nov 20, 2013
Huge demonstrations in Haiti calling for President Michel Martelly to step down are growing in size, scope, and frequency. On Nov. 7, a march of many thousands, called by the Patriotic Force for Respect of the 1987 Constitution (FOPARC), marched up the Delmas Road from La Saline and burst through the barricades which Haitian police had erected to prevent the crowd from marching through the tony streets of Pétionville.
“We proved today that we don’t need a visa, we don’t need a passport, to go to Pétionville,” said demonstrator and journalist Wendel Polynice after the symbolically powerful victory.
The demonstrators then marched back down to Port-au-Prince along the Bourdon Road. When they reached the central Champ de Mars, police dispersed them with teargas and shots in the air.
The slogan of the Nov. 7 march was: “Dessalines is paying a visit to Pétion.” Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a former slave, led the masses of former slaves into an alliance with Alexandre Pétion, who headed the forces of St. Domingue’s largely mulatto affranchis or propertied freedmen. This alliance was what allowed the “indigenous army” to defeat the French legions of Napoleon in a decisive battle at Vertières, near Cap Haïtien on Nov. 18, 1803, paving the way for Haiti’s Jan. 1, 1804 declaration of independence.
On the 210th anniversary of Vertières, Haiti’s most nationalist holiday, another huge demonstration filled the streets of the capital. Estimates ranged from 10,000 to 50,000. The principal calls were “Down with Martelly” and “Down with MINUSTAH,” the acronym for the 9,000 soldier occupation force known as the UN Mission to Stabilize Haiti.
Meanwhile, Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe traveled to Cap Haïtien where they spoke to a largely bussed in and paid crowd after police aggressively broke up the anti-Martelly demonstrations that had been planned.
Anti-Martelly, anti-MINUSTAH demonstrations were held on Nov. 18 in other Haitian cities including Aux Cayes, Jacmel, Miragoâne and Petit Goâve.
“There were some 1.7 million people marching in the streets of Haiti today,” said Sen. Moïse Jean-Charles, one of Martelly’s most outspoken critics, surrounded by a throng of demonstrators in the Nov. 18 march in Port-au-Prince. “And there were only 700,000 who supposedly voted for Martelly” in the illegal and controversial Mar. 20, 2011 presidential run-off election.
“It is clear that Martelly does not have the legitimacy or the credibility to lead the country,” Sen. Jean-Charles continued. “We are asking the Americans, French, and Canadians to come an collect their errand boy because he cannot lead the country any more.”
The next major demonstration in the capital is planned for Nov. 29, the 26th anniversary of the 1987 election massacre carried out by a neo-Duvalierist military junta. For that day, Moïse called on Haitians to “prepare your chairs, your gallons of water, and your sleeping mats” because “we are going to set up our headquarters across from the U.S. Embassy.”
On Haitian radio shows, there is increasing discussion of what would follow Martelly’s resignation. However, the first proposal for a transitional government was made during a Sep. 29 Popular Forum of grassroots organizations, where the keynote speaker was Sen. Jean-Charles, held at the Fany Villa in Port-au-Prince, the only such large public meeting to take up the matter to date. The proposal was drafted by the Dessalines Coordination (KOD), a new influential political formation made up of militants who have distinguished themselves over the past 25 years of Haiti’s struggle for democracy.
In previous weeks, Haïti Liberté has published in Kreyòl and French the proposal, which was adapted and then adopted by the participating popular organization on Oct. 7. In light of the growing prospects of Martelly’s resignation, we present the KOD’s proposal in English below.