From the release:
HAITI – 10 YEARS OF OCCUPATION – ENOUGH!
Withdraw the troops NOW and END the MINUSTAH!
The United Nations Security Council is currently debating the extension of the military occupation of Haiti for another year and the troop level that is needed to maintain this 10-year illegal mission.
The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has occupied the country since June 2004. MINUSTAH is using 7,522 uniformed personnel, and 1,514 civilian staffers to maintain the military occupation of Haiti.
It is very strange to have the United Nations in Haiti, a country without an armed conflict, or the need to maintain a truce between warring parties.
This military occupation was imposed on the people of Haiti after the February 2004 coup that was supported by Canada, France and the United States against the democratically-elected government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
The occupation was established to pacify the spirit of resistance of the urban and rural masses, and prevent them from attempting to create an alternative economic and social development agenda.
MINUSTAH’s presence has brought massacres, sexual violence and exploitation, and cholera that has killed over 8,500 Haitians and infected over 700,000 people.
The people have been demanding an end to the occupation by way protest actions. Progressive organizations across Latin America and the Caribbean are mobilizing popular opinion behind the call for the withdrawal of MINUSTAH (http://haitinominustah.info/2014/06/01/call-to-mobilize-to-end-military-...).
These organizations are pressuring Latin American states such as Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and Ecuador (among others) to stop contributing soldiers and police personnel to the occupation.
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