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8859: Excerpts of Pres. Aristide message at funeral of slain police (fwd)
Excerpts of message delivered by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on August
8, 2001 on the occasion of the funeral of the five policeman killed in the
attacks on police stations and the Police Academy on July 28, 2001
"The new forms of conflicts, require from us, the strategists and statesmen,
new forms of peacemaking."
"The democratic struggle does not need to provoke bloodshed or division of
social fiber. Why should citizens and citizens, nations and nations, be
afraid to talk to one another? Deadly weapons must be stopped so that
citizens can talk to one another. Deadly weapons must give way to allow for
democratic debate and dialog between nations."
"Between 1989 and 1998, more than 61 armed conflicts were recorded in the
world, only 3 opposed different countries. All the others were conflicts
between fellow countrymen. Sometimes, unfortunately, some geopolitical hands
are behind the organized criminality whose net is estimated to be around
1,550 billion dollars a year. It is a question of life or death! More death
"At the national level, whenever it is a question of paramilitary groups or
armies of mercenaries, assassins or "zenglendo," I say:
Watch out! There is death and there is death!
When you die as a zenglendo, you die in an ugly way. Your dead for good.
When you die while robbing, you die in an ugly way. Your dead for good.
When you die while defending your country, you live on in the memory of
It is for this that we will never forget you, Cantave Jean Edy, Simon
Zachary, Bruno Danaus Celusca, Djames Gazemar Lourdes, Michel Milfleur.
For the flag
For your country
To die is beautiful.
There is no greater love than giving your life for those you love.
Dearest police officers,
We love Haiti and we will defend it from generation to generation.
That is why today we providing security and we do it more each day, in the
morning, at noon and in the evening, day and night. Congratulations for the
way you are engaged to provide security. There has to be more security than
space in the airplanes to welcome the Tenth Department."
"Dearest former military, you are the sons of a common land. Haiti needs
you. Your rights are also precious. Haiti needs you. Don't let yourselves
be manipulated by people who are thirsty for power. At the dawn of the 21st
century, it's time not to militarize power but to democratize power."
"...Always involved in approximately 32 coups Haiti has experienced, the
Haitian army at the time it was disbanded had 7,000 men which absorbed 40% of
the national budget. With the killings of July 28th, the list of 5,000
Haitians killed from 1991 to 1994 becomes longer."
"Dear parents and friends of all the victims of yesterday and of today, you
have the right to justice. Rejecting categorically revenge, we have also
Never more a drop of blood, we cried before
Never more a drop of blood, we shout again today."
"Justice and peace have to reign for the edification of a society of right."
Take courage! Yes, you need it!
Protecting life and property, you work to make Haiti a place where justice
and peace will reign.
Aren't you auxiliaries of justice? Of course.
The more the reform of the judiciary system is slow, the more you have to
show patriotic vigor to contribute to set new democratic practices.
Together with you, I am engaged to assure the respect of fundamental
liberties. With you I am engaged to respect our country's Constitution and
the international charter of human rights in their articles 5 and 12 which
- Nobody should be subjected to torture or harsh, cruel, inhumane, or
- Nobody should be the object of arbitrary interference in their private
life, the life of their family or their home..."
The people's will is the foundation of the authority of the powers. You have
chosen to serve your people and you are ready to defend the rights of the
Haitian people that you love. Honor to the National Police of Haiti whose
mission is to protect and to serve."
"Dear Cantave Jean Edy, Simon Zachary, Bruno Danaus Celusca, Djames Gazemar
Lourdes, Michel Milfleur, that on July 28th, 2001 you spilled your blood at
your posts. In the land of your forefathers, the enemies of the people have
sacrificed you. This worthy and proud blood floods our dear Haiti with peace
and justice. This Haiti which embraces you. This Haiti whose present police
officers stand up to salute you proudly."
"...Justice and peace have to reign over Haiti, with determination, and,
peace for all without distinction."