STATEMENT ON THE TOPPLING OF DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT IN HAITI
Friday, March 05, 2004
Special to suffredin.org
Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin (13 th District) has issued the following statement supporting his Haitian-American constituents in this time of great distress.
Commissioner Suffredin will attend a rally tomorrow (March 6, 2004) at 11:00 a.m. in the plaza of the Kluczynski Federal Building.
This has been sad for those who believe in Democracy. The Bush Administration had the choice of defending the democratically elected government in Haiti or supporting its overthrow. It chose the later. Jean Bertrand-Aristide was the first democratically elected President of Haiti, his successor due to be chosen in the next Presidential election in 2005.
Over the last several weeks, an armed insurrection was organized by former death squad leaders, convicted murderers and drug dealers. They used terrorist tactics to take over police stations and then cities which were protected by only a very small government police force.
Rather than coming to the defense of the democratically elected government of Haiti, the Bush Administration joined with the anti-democratic forces in the country to call for the President's ouster.
The Bush Administration has consistently supported a small elite group in Haiti whose principle economic interest is working with multi-national corporations to exploit Haiti's vast pool of cheap labor. It is important now to have a full investigation of USAID, the CIA and other agencies that used taxpayer dollars to determine whether they were involved in any way in the destabilization of Haiti. It is critical that the United Nations dispatch an international force, including US soldiers, to bring security to the country and protect people's safety and restore democracy.
President Bush should now grant Haitian's in the United States, Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Now that President Bush has added to Haiti's troubles and contributed to the further destabilization of that nation, he should at least allow Haitians currently in the United States to stay here with Temporary Protected Status so that they do not have to face the prospect of returning to a country under the control of violent criminals.