Haitian Demonstrations Against Foreign Occupation

May 29, 2005

On May 18, the 202nd anniversary of the creation of the Haitian flag, tens of thousands of people throughout the country joined in demonstrations to demand an end to foreign military occupation and restoration of the constitutional government, headed by President Aristide.

In the capitol city of Port-au-Prince, huge numbers of people, especially from the poor neighborhoods such as Cite Soleil, Belair, Carrefour, La Saline, etc., joined in a central march, considered one of the biggest demonstrations since the U.S. invasion and occupation on February 29, 2004. At the end of the demonstration, the Haitian National police opened fire on marchers returning to the Cite Soleil neighborhood, killing at least one person.

Several thousand Haitians also rallied in Cap Haitien; speakers at the demonstration denounced the U.S. and France for their war and occupation. On May 16, a demonstration of several thousands was organized in Limbe under the slogan: "Down with the Occupation!" Other Flag day demonstrations against the occupation were organized in cities and towns across Haiti.