Commentary by the Workers Party, U.S.A.

Stop U.S. Interference and Intervention Against Haiti!
Support the Haitian People's Struggle for Democracy!

February 28, 2004

The U.S. government is orchestrating a monstrous plot against the Haitian people and the democratically-elected government.

The U.S. is encouraging and financing criminal, paramilitary death squads which have taken control of various areas in the north of the country. Already these gangsters are murdering government officials and social activists and attacking hospitals, schools, government offices and food warehouses to create panic amongst the population. This armed fascist movement is preparing to blockade the capital of Port-au-Prince and possibly launch an armed attack against it. To add to the chaos and panic, Bush has reinforced U.S. Coast Guard patrols and announced that all Haitians seeking refuge will be turned back. Already U.S. airlines have suspended flights out of Haiti and the Coast Guard is repatriating hundreds of Haitians picked up on the high seas.

While the U.S. government and monopoly-controlled media -- in a classic disinformation campaign -- advertise these fascists as a "popular opposition," Bush, Powell and company slanderously attack the elected government of President Aristide and his supporters whenever they take any action to defend the people and the constitutional rule of law in the country.

The U.S. is playing a double game. On the one hand, it is supporting the fascist elements and using them as a lever to demand that President Aristide give up power. If this scenario fails to meet U.S. objectives, the U.S. is preparing an outright invasion in the name of "preventing atrocities" and providing "humanitarian assistance." On February 27, Bush announced that the U.S. was preparing a multinational armed force to "deliver aid" and "impose stability." The Pentagon has also drawn up a plan to invade Haiti with several thousand marines. In other words, U.S. imperialism, as it has done elsewhere, is playing the double game of creating chaos and violence and then presenting itself as a "peacekeeper" in order to invade a sovereign country and impose its dictate.

But the masses of Haitian people are organizing themselves against the fascist counter-revolution and against the pressure and interference of the U.S. government.

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of thousands of Haitians have marched and demonstrated in Port-au-Prince to declare their determination to defend the democratically elected government. At present, people are setting up street barricades and preparing to defend the capital from any attacks. Spokespersons for the Aristide government have denounced U.S. interference, saying that the U.S. government is preparing another coup d'etat against Haiti.

The Haitian people are facing an extremely difficult and dangerous situation, created by the plots of U.S. imperialism. But many times in the past, the Haitian people have defeated such intrigues and pressures. To assist the struggle of the Haitian people in defense of democracy and national sovereignty, the American people must demand an immediate end to all U.S. interference and intervention in the country. We must demand that the U.S. stop all assistance to and encouragement of the so-called "opposition" and oppose the deployment of any U.S. troops in Haiti.