Frantz Fanon and Lessons from a Not So Dying Colonial – remembering Fanon on who died on this day in 1961.
On Monday 2nd February public transport in Haiti came to an almost standstill with a nationwide strike. The strike was a protest against the government of Michel Martelly and his failure to manage fuel prices which, unlike in other parts of the world have been steadily rising. To date the unions had not passed on the fuel price rise on most routes but this may not continue.
However the strike will not continue as a deal was made with the government to reduce the price of petrol. The unions had been calling for a 100 gourde reduction against Martelly’s offer of 15 gde. Yesterday the unions agreed for 20 gds which is less than 25% of their original amount. Many people are disappointed with the deal but it is now an internal matter within the unions and driver associations to decide on what next.
Parliament was dissolved on the 12th January and presently Martelly is ruling by decree as some 5000 officials wait for an election date.
Photos from Delmas and Gerald Bataille by JC Merisma
Association des Journalistes Haitien Freelance Tête Ensemble is a collective of grassroots citizen journalists based in Camps Acra and Adoquin, home to 30,000. Survivors of the January 12, 2010 earthquake began arriving at the camp area almost immediately after the earthquake. At that time it was just an empty piece of scrub land. It is now 4 and half years and residents remain.
In February 2014 members of CHAL and Chanjem Leson came together and decided to create a collective of citizen journalists to report on the issues that affect our daily lives: housing, rehabilitation, employment, market traders / street vendors, police harassment, daily conditions in the camp as well as our own activism in the camp through CHAL and Chanjem Leson. At Present there are 3 members, [Jean Wesley, Serge Supre, Perrin Makendy] although at the moment only two Serge Supre and Perrin Makendy have cameras phones and these are quite basic as can be seen from some of the photos. Occasionally they have been able to borrow a digital camera which has made a huge difference.
In order for the collective to improve their reporting and photographic skills, the group needs 6 digital point & shot or DSLR cameras plus training. For more on how you can support the collective visit their Facebook page here
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In the early hours [2am] of Thursday 24th the Haitian Nationale Police [PNH] invaded Caradeux, a large camp near Tabarre in Port-au-Prince, with the intention of evicting all 3,000 familie. They were accompanied by the UN occupying force, MINUSTAH who surrounded the camp with tanks, The Organisation of International Migration [OIM] and Keke Belizaire, the man responsible for program 16/6 were also present. Program 16/6 was established by President Martelly in 2011 to forceably dismantle the post earthquake camps by offering residents $500 to move. Much of 16/6 was funded by the Canadian government however apart from paying off residents to move the second part of 16/6, rebuilding 16 ‘slum’ neighbourhoods never happened. Camp residents simply moved to other camps or to live with family or rent for a short period after which they have either become homeless once again or moved to other camps.
Again the question where is the money,[ $12 billion was promised] is being asked. No alternative accommodation or support has been given to thousands of camp residents evicted over the past 15 months.
Following the attempted evictions in the early hours of Thursday, camp residents organized a protest later in the day. They were met with tear gas, batons and bullets, leaving many people injured and in distress. It is not yet clear what role the IOM played in the eviction process but for sure they did nothing to help the residents. CHAL members were present during the police raid giving support to residents, acting as witnesses to the eviction and documenting resident’s stories.
Photos by Serge Supre and documentation by Perrin Mackendy both of CHAL AND Association des Journaliste Free Lance Tête Ensemble
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frere de ma race, je pense que ce qui se passe en afrique, c’est l’heritage de la colonisation. Tous les actions pathétiques de nos ennemis rendent aveugles nos dirigeants, ils ont la maladie des indiens de 1492, ils veulent donner leurs richesses pour un morceau de miroir.
Si vous avez de l’or, du pétrole, d’iridium vous n’avez besoin de personne ; le monde a besoin de vous.
Quand réveilleront nos dirigeants africain sous l’anesthésie de ces neo –colons, qui veulent que notre misère soit éternelle?
pourquoi les dirigeants de l’afrique sont corrompus? parce qu’ils sont formes et eduquer par ses boureaux. De part notre histoire, en tant qu’haitien heritier de l’afrique fils de Dessalines, le heros de la race noir en amerique et dans le monde, qui a exterminer a jamais l’esclavage dans le monde; nous devons proceder a une autre revolution; une revolution ideologique, culturelle, educationnelle et non instruction ni oralitude. vive l’afrique unis, comme l’europe, sans les consultants des pays imperialiste soit disant ami de l’afrique. dans le nom de nos ancetres haitiano-africain tel que JN JACQUES DESSALINES le Grand, Henry CHRISTOPHE, Tante Agbaraha TOYA, TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE etc je vous dit abobo respect!