Privatizing Haitian Island, Violence Against Islanders
|March 8, 2014||Posted by Staff under Land Disputes|
This 2014 excerpt of Global Research, Feb 28, is by Ezili Dantò.
Last May 10, Martelly-Lamothe, the US-picked Haiti president decreed the island of Ilavach to be property of the state. Konbit peyizan Ilavach (KOPI), the organization put together by the people of Ilavach to secure their interests say the taking of their lands is illegal and any development is not intended to benefit the island residents but foreigners. Residents would rather continue to eat yams, fresh fish, fruits, vegetables off his own ancestral land than have to get a wage job on the Island to service Northern tourists.
The Ilavach folks have no local representation. There has been no local elections, no parliamentary elections in Haiti since Michel Martelly took office with only 17% of the population voting. The Martelly-Lamothe government, instead of organizing required elections, has constantly postponed local and national elections.
Martelly created the local position – Ajan Egzekitif Enterimè or Interim Executive agent — and appointed the person to this position. This man points out people for intimidation, imprisonment, and even death.
Ed. Notes: Such displacement happens in many places, even close to the US. All for the profit from land. Yet land is our common heritage, and the rents it can command are our common wealth; they should not be low hanging fruits for the greedy and grasping. Never miss an opportunity to help resurrect the understanding Mother Earth is to benefit everyone equally.