I’ve been hot on the trail of the US Administration lately, but that doesn’t mean that I have ignored the transgressions of our government here in Canada.
No, I’m not talking about the truly idiotic soap opera that’s going on between the Liberals and CPC about “The Grewal Tapes“… I’m talking about a story that I have only just heard about thanks to Matthew Good’s (yes, the same Matthew Good) excellent blog and the Canadian alternative news source, rabble.ca
The situation in Haiti has deteriorated to the point that many pro-coup groups, most recently student associations that called for President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s resignation, are now demanding the removal of installed Prime Minister Gerard Latortue. It is obvious, even to the casual observer, that the most destructive elements of Haitian society are reasserting their power behind the guns of UN troops.
To commemorate Haiti’s May 18 flag day, anti[-UN]-occupation groups held events from banner drops to information pickets to marches in Vancouver, Ottawa, Halifax and around the world. The actions were in solidarity with the tens of thousands who took to the streets of Port au Prince and a number of cities outside Haiti’s capital.
Since mid April, Cité Soleil, the largest and poorest slum in the country, has been a virtual prison with UN checkpoints controlling movement in and out. A recent UN military operation into the Cité left 20 dead in one weekend, according to UN officials. Community representatives in the Cité claim the actual figure was 100, mainly unarmed, residents. The situation in Cité Soleil is so desperate that in an amazing act of solidarity on April 20, thousands of demonstrators marched from the almost as impoverished neighbourhood of Bel Air to bring bags of rice to Cité residents.
Canada was one of the main players last year when troops were sent. And we continue to play a huge role in the ongoing situation in Haiti.
As Rabble says… the first step is information and breaking this story to the media that doesn’t want to cover it. We need to know the facts and we need to know what’s happening right now in Haiti and what Canada’s role is and has been.
If we wish to pretend as though we know how to do things “better” then we have to show it. Actions speak louder than words. It’s time to start asking our government what their actions have been in Haiti.