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26081: Saint-Vil (comment) Millionaire Stanley Handal Arrested on Kidnapping Charges? (fwd)
From: Jean Saint-Vil <firstname.lastname@example.org>
News broke two days ago that a key organizer of the kidnapping wave that
caused so many deaths and so much suffering to Haitians in the past year
have been finally caught.
The arrest of Stanley Handal, a multi-millionaire suspected to be a ring
leader of the kidnapping enterprise, seems to corroborate the many
reports which suggested all along that the materminds of the kidnapping
phenomenon are rich and powerful individuals from Haiti’s ruling elite
who have powerful connections in the banking industry and within a
faction of the post-coup government, and who, as identified by the
Geneva-based Small Arms Survey, are the primary owners of firearm stocks
in the country.
Nonetheless Lavalas political activists or suspected sympathisers of the
deposed constitutional president continue to be scapegoated and marked
for elimination on the pretext that the regime and its
foreign accomplices are « fighting bandits ».
Most disturbing of all, in the last few weeks, news broke that the
Police had distributed machetes and supervised numerous public lynchings
in the poor neighborhoods.
We are receiving frequent on the ground reports of major UN/MINUSTAH
operations in the poor neighborhoods like Cite Soleil. The last such
operation, which was well-documented, resulted in the deaths of several
dozen civilians. Independent journalist and fimmaker Kevin Pina wrote an
emergency appeal about the coming massacre on August 18th, 2005, where he
"If the UN goes ahead with its plan for a second major military incursion
against Cite Soleil, it is guaranteed the number of casualties will far
exceed July 6th and further tarnish and expose the real role of the UN in
guaranteeing the coup of Feb. 28, 2004."
As early as June of this year, the Police spokeperson who refused to
divulgate the identity of a detainee suspected of involvement in
kidnappings, shamelessly intervening to protect his « good family name »,
was lamenting to reporters how "there are people of good family and high
social level that unfortunately are involved in kidnappings,"
So, why are the poor still the target of such senseless repression?
Any investigative journalist or government or U.N. officials online
willing to comment ?
«Depi nan Ginen bon nèg ap ede nèg!»
(Brotherhood is as ancient as Mother Africa - L'entraide fraternel date
du temps où, tous, nous fûmes encore dans les antrailles de