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BATAY OUVRIYE STATEMENT ON THE HAITIAN SITUATION TODAY

Dec. 20, 2003

At Batay Ouvriye, the framework of our everyday struggles as members of the working class, workers of all sorts, popular masses in general, made it already quite clear: the Lavalas leadership, by contributing to destroy all the popular components of the large 1984 -1990 mass movement, had become a totally anti-popular power. And, within this very evolution, frankly reactionary; consequently, necessarily, more and more repressive, to the point of becoming outright criminal. We’ve been facing this since a long time.

Indeed, on large landowner’s properties, at the Ministry of Labor, at the Ministry of Justice… always, this power has taken sides against the peoples’ struggles claiming their legitimate rights! All around us too, by its exactions on the poor in neighborhoods, small merchants, drivers, cooperative shareholders, school and university students, press workers, everywhere, indistinctly, always the same objective: to dismantle the demanding peoples’ struggles, annihilate free speech! And, to fight the working classes’ interests, those of the poor peasants, workers, and popular masses in general, this repression is always more complete, more ruthless. We’ve been denouncing this since way back!

Nevertheless, like everything in this society we’re living in, only when this power has arrived to the point of also repressing the petty bourgeoisie, civil servants, intellectuals and bourgeois, has this situation become “unacceptable”…!

Today, having managed to repress all these classes and social categories, the political crisis has become general and the heights of repression attained by the government indicates clearly the beginning of its end. Almost the entirety of the democratic space previously attained has been abolished and the whole population is crying its complete disagreement with this state of things, demanding the elimination (or, at least, the changes at the summit) of this power.

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But, on the other hand, an understanding based on the people's real interests imposes a differenciation amongst the numerous social classes, categories and protesting sectors. Few of these regroupings or individuals really carry the interests of the large popular masses. And we can even say, frankly speaking, that : many stand against the popular interest. Which renders the situation at once complex and complicated.

We, at BATAY OUVRIYE, intimately know the haitian bourgeoisie and its profoundly anti-worker, anti-people nature. The daily occurings in the factories, workshops, businesses, large and small…. It is we, workers, working-class of various types, who endure them! We are those who can testify as to the breadth of its contempt, the humiliations it imposes, its overwhelming domination and repression of the haitian workers in order to deploy the unlimited exploitation it wishes to generalize throughout the territory, in perfect class accord with the multinational imperialists. Similarly, its class representatives (political and intellectual bourgeois) ceaselessly denounce the slightest protests, work stops, strikes, mobilizations… whatever form they may assume, as long as they claim the workers’democratic rights, under pretext that these “unrests” result in income losses for the “country”!

We also know how much it is the very Lavalas regime that has always guaranteed these classes total IMPUNITY in all of their exactions and crimes against the working class, poor peasants, workers in general. We’ve always denounced and fought against this impunity, with the political and economic alliances underlieing it. If, presently, the bourgeoisie is fighting Lavalas, this is due to the fact that this power, given its chronic incapacity and archaic contradictions, obstructs its clear administration of the State, as well as the development of its hegemony for the establishment of a full and whole exploitation. Finally, if it is presently forced to present itself personally, this is due to the dominant classes’ crisis of representativity, which we have referred to often.

Lavalas has pounced upon this open presentation in order to present itself as the greatest popular power in the world. LIE OF LIES!

  1. Lavalas has always granted the bourgeois the most wonderful advantages, not only in conflicts opposing the bourgeoisie and workers, but also in all of the country’s profound elements of political economy: financial capital (banks flourishing everywhere), all sorts of big business, the free trade zones being the main example.
  2. Lavalas is also bourgeois too, and in business with the largest monopolists. Only its avoids showing it publicly.
  3. Lavalas is the main agent of corruption (in the government, drug traffic, contraband – rice, zinc roofing, cooperatives… scandals).
  4. They are the worst theives and have consequently received the people’s title of Gran Manjè » (“Big Eaters”).
  5. So : never have they tried to satisfy the popular demands, not to mention structuring a power on this basis.
  6. With the bourgeois, their counterparts, Lavalas keeps speaking of “giving work”… But we say, ourselves: during the colony, the french colonialists, “gave work” too! But: in slavery! To “give work” is one; in what conditions, an another!
  7. Lavalas is the greatest State destructor, privatizing State institutions one after another, granting big business (local and foreign) the largest avantages, making profits with that which should be guaranteed public services.
  8. Finally, Lavalas is the summits of country-selling! Water, land boundaries, zones… free trade, are neither owned, nor under the control of local authories, but rather controlled by the U.S. government, or under the Dominican bourgeoisie and army’s strict control.

So we repeat it once again : LAVALAS AND THE BOURGEOIS OPPOSITION ARE TWO ROTTEN ASS CHEEKS IN A SAME TORN TROUSERS !

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Within the general protest movement against Lavalas, which is fundamentally and deeply just, fortunately other tendencies than that of the bourgeoisie have begun to appear, progressively imparting their traces. Despite the bourgeois Opposition’s attempts to recuperate it, this level is trying to define itself. It should deepen this conscious initiative and progress towards a more concentrated level in order to, within the Anti-Lavalas mobilization itself, put in question and even thwart frontward the bourgeois orientation (which includes a supposed “state of rights” which refuses to name, talk about attacking, bosses’ impunity, but which, as we know perfectly well, defines itself as completely dependent of the economic imperialism).


Organizations or individuals belonging to the true people’s camp should, within the struggle itself, convey the basic demands of the people: working class, poor peasants, workers of various sorts, poor school and university students, all consequent progressives, that is: the PEOPLES’ CAMP and, progressively, build their autonomy, always under the direction of the true peoples’ interests.

Presently, the ruling classes are aiming to confuse the popular masses’ interests in a question of a simply technical, abstract and hazy “democracy”. Which is why, even as Lavalas prepares to finish closing the last cracks of democratic struggle development, we must be clearly conscious of the basic differences in the interests aiming to reopen it. And that may of them of them are even extremely CONTRARY to ours. We must take into account our experiences made between 1986 and 1990, wherein the popular masses were basically recruited under the direction of the bourgeoisie and its representatives, which limited and diverted the mobilization.

This is why we repeat ceaselessly, in this precise movement of high protest: Within this general movement of struggle, that fundamentally possesses the concrete bases of existence and continuous development, the popular masses and the different levels of organization must develop their concrete autonomy and must manage to take their own initiatives, where the popular interests, interests of workers, are also clearly definite.

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In this sense we even anticipate: one should expect a serious and maybe even equally terrible repression from the large land-owners and bourgeois under imperialist orders (directly or through the intermediary of intellectual or political representatives) as soon as this phase succeeds and we’ll be truly advancing in the defense of our own true interests.

It is insofar, in the framework and the development of the struggle itself, as we’ll be able to organize ourselves independently, that we’ll FORM AND CONSOLIDATE THE PEOPLES’ CAMP, THAT WE’LL TRULY DEFEND OUR OWN INTERESTS AND CONFRONT ALL THOSE WHO MAY PRESENT!

DOWN WITH THE BLOODTHIRSTY LAVALAS THIEVES, CRIMINALS!

DOWN WITH EXPLOITATION OF ALL SORTS!

LONG LIVE THE INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATION AND MOBILIZATION OF THE PEOPLES’ CAMP, TO CARRY AND DEFEND ITS’ OWN INTERESTS, WITH WORKERS AS THE CENTER POST AND UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE WORKING CLASS!

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