“The Encounter is urgent and it is a must”

It is a fact of incalculable value that workers of different countries can meet, can discuss the situation of each space as well as globally, to ponder on how  to express mutual solidarity and carry out common struggles to be able to agree on to a common strategy and...

“No people can be free while opressing other people”

Letter from Conlutas to the Haitian People   Once more, Haiti is occupied, this time by Latin American troops. These are oppressed countries oppressing even more oppressed nations. Under this false cloak of "defence of democracy", oppression, exploitation and poverty are concealed soaking the oil of your country in the blood...

“Welcome to Rebel Haiti!”

The first contact with Haiti is Port au Prince. the neighbourhoods. remind us of the hills of Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian troops are invading these neighbourhood. they shoot to kill and move away. When we leave the plane, the heat is suffocating. Haitian people are black and handsome. The...

Meeting with teh Ambassador and encounter with estudents

In the morning, the encounter with the ambassador of Brazil, Paulo Cordeiro de Andrade, and with the commander in chief of the UN forces, General Carlos Alberto Santos Cruz. The head of the diplomatic corpse is much more than just an ambassador in Haiti: he is in charge of...

It is the UN troops who govern the country

MEETING THE PRESIDENT   Today we have been to see President Rene Preval. On arriving we see all the surface and formalities of power: a luxurious palace, all white, decorated with busts of heroes of independence, metal detectors and thorough policemen. Nothing but the outer shell. The president is a dummy,...

Cap Haitien: “Greetings, there is no bosses here”

The streets of Port au Prince are always full: with 80% unemployment, people get busy selling things in the streets. Cars hoot their way along the streets making dreadful noise. The people, black and astoundingly beautiful, get mixed with evident signs of poverty. Rubbish is heaped all over the...

Free Zone: imperialist exploitation all over again

This morning we got to know a marvel of world architecture: a great fortress built by the Negro emancipated slaves and not by Europeans in the colonies (.) The Citadel, in the outskirts of Ca-Haitien, is a showcase of uneven and combines development applied to architecture and military engineering....

We ara at home, we are in Cite Soleil

Yesterday, the road was flooded by a river after a storm. Eight hours more on the road and we are back in Port au Prince. Our faces show signs of fatigue. The last activity together with the Haitian workers is a very significant place: Cite Soleil, the greatest shanty...

The last night: to the Voodoo Rhythm

We are going back to Brazil tomorrow. BO has planned some activity with human rights organisation for this afternoon. They warn us that there may be some groups here who are for the occupation and they would want to discuss with us. The discussion was held in a large...

Haitian people wil resist and overcome

The car is crossing Port au Prince and heading towards the airport. (.) I gaze once more, already with some longing. The poverty in the overcrowded streets in contradiction with the palaces on top of this hills. Unlike in Rio de Janeiro, the bourgeoisie liven on top of the...

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