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7297: Press Release (fwd)
From: patrick sylvain <email@example.com>
NO TO THE CLOSING DOWN OF LIBRARIES !
NO TO OBSCURANTISM !
The Bibliothèque Etoile Filante (Shooting Star Community Library) of
Fontamara 27, Port-au-Prince, makes a public protest against an arbitrary
and dishonest closing down attempt by the office of the City Delegate of
Port-au-Prince (Section One).
Since February 12, 2001, our library has been repeatedly subjected to acts
of intimidation from the office of City Delegate Jean-Robert Dorélas (local
elect which is part of City Hall sturcture). That office intends to
arbitrarily seize and take over our library. On March 2, 2001, the library
management received from the office of the City Delegate a summons to
produce titles of ownership of the building where the library is housed,
under threats of the closing down of the library. The building being rented
to the library, management was forced to call upon the owner of the house,
even though the office of the City Delegate has no legal right to make such
a demand. The owner of the building also received threats of expropriation
by the office. Although all concerned continue to resist against such acts
of intimidation, we are increasingly concerned for our own safety, that of
the library and of its members.
These days, instances of abuse of power by local authorities are being
reported from throughout the country. In such a general climate, we feel it
is imperative to denounce such inadmissible actions which can have serious
consequences for our community.
For the protection of our rights to read, our rights to have access to
knowledge, we demand that the relevant authorities take necessary steps to
ensure our safety, that of the library and of its members.
Port-au-Prince, March 8, 2001
For the Comittee in charge of the library:
Yves Pierre, president and Marc Sinvilus, spokesperson
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