Emergency Action Alert
Return President Aristide to Haiti
The Haiti Action Committee denounces the United States government for its role in the overthrow of the democratically elected President of Haiti. This government worked to destabilize Haiti since President Aristide's election in 2000. We know US military personnel forcibly removed him from office, after coercing him into signing a "resignation" letter under threat of massive bloodshed against the people of Port-au-Prince. A US plane then flew him to the Central African Republic, where he has been held virtually incommunicado against his will, far from friends, family and supporters.
We condemn this use of force by President Bush, who since the beginning of his term has used coercive means to implement regime change against governments that do not support US policies. What happened in Haiti is unethical and immoral and a clear violation of international and federal laws.
The unconstitutional removal of the elected President of Haiti sets a dangerous precedent for Latin America and for the world. We join with CARICOM in rejecting President Aristide's removal. We agree with the 53 nations of the African Union who have called President Aristide's removal unconstitutional. We support the Barbara Lee/John Conyers TRUTH Act, signed by 24 members of the US Congress, which calls for an immediate investigation into the role of the Bush administration in the coup in Haiti.
We also believe that members of the media must examine the role they have played in paving the way for the Haiti coup. For three years, corporate and some "progressive" media have participated in a campaign of disinformation against President Aristide and the government of Haiti. For the past several months the media relayed unsubstantiated claims by the Haitian opposition, the same groups that called for the violent overthrow of Haiti's elected government - a crime that has just taken place.
Now the corporate media, disregarding information presented by President Aristide himself, continues to report the Bush Administration's claim that the President left Haiti voluntarily, while promoting the legitimacy of Haiti's new puppet government.
Therefore, we condemn:
We call for:
These are impeachable offenses under the US Neutrality Act.
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