Building Bridges: UN Haiti Occupation Must End Say Trade Union Leaders From Latin America & Caribbean
for January 1st, Haiti’s 209th Independence Day
Trade Union Leaders From Latin America & Caribbean
. Julio Turra, National Exec. Dir. , United Trade Union Central
. Jocelyn Lapitre, leader with Front Against Profit (LKP), Guadeloupe
. Alan Benjamin, Intl. Liaison Committee of Workers & Peoples (ILC)
January 1st marks the 209th anniversary of Haitian independence. And, in commemoration of Haiti, the 1st Black Republic in the world Building Bridges talks with world-renowned trade union representatives both about the issues of their working classes and about their demand that the foreign military occupation of Haiti known as the UN Mission to Stabilize Haiti or MINUSTAH,
The delegation was part of a broad continental campaign that came to the UN to tell its officials “if the United Nations genuinely wants to help the Haitian people, they should do like Cuba and Venezuela. These are the two countries that really helped Haiti after, and even before, the earthquake. There is not a single Cuban or Venezuelan soldier on Haiti’s territory. But there are Cuban doctors. There is Venezuelan oil. Venezuela and Cuba are building an international airport in Cap Haitien. This is the kind of help that Haiti needs.We have problems of roads, water, electricity, and food. Haiti does not need soldiers! Instead of giving us soldiers, give us technicians. We don’t need soldiers they don’t help us with any development. On the contrary, they killed thousands of Haitians by bringing cholera to Haiti, explained the Haitian labor representative.