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8931: Tet Kole calls for justice, denounces privatisation (fwd)
Declarations of the Tèt Kole peasant movement second national congress
(source: AHP, 21 August, translated from French by Charles Arthur for the
Haiti Support Group)
The Tèt Kole peasant movement has called for the mobilisation of the Haitian
masses to demand justice for the victims of a number of assassinations and
massacres. In a declaration published at the end of its second national
congress, Tèt Kole invites the government to take action to facilitate full
investigations into these events so that the culprits are punished in
accordance with the law. The organisation calls for the arrest of those
responsible for the massacres at Jean Rabel, Milot, Piatre, Labadie and
Gervais in the Artibonite. It also demands justice for Father Jean Marie
Vincent, Father Jean Pierre Louis, and for the general manager of Radio
Haiti, Jean Léopold Dominique, and the station's guard, Jean Claude
Tèt Kole Ti Peyizan in addition calls for the adoption of measures to slow
down the accelerating depreciation of the gourde compared to the dollar, and
denounces the raising of prices of essential products and the privatisation
of state-owned companies.
The organisation also denounces environmental pollution and soil erosion
which, it says, are the source of rural migration, prostitution and drug
trafficking. With regard to the conflict between the Lavalas Family Party and
the Democratic Convergence, Tèt Kole Ti Peyizan considers that it a struggle
over retaining or seizing political power carried out with the blessing of
the imperialist powers.
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