The Atlantic Regional Solidarity Network is planning a protest at Peter MacKay’s office on Saturday to mark the 10th anniversary of what it claims was a coup d’etat against the democratically elected Fanmi Lavalas government of Haiti.
The group says it was engineered by the United States, France and Canada, when the Liberals were in power.
A release from the ARSN states that Canada’s willingness to interfere in Haitians’ right to self-determination began with the Liberal government’s participation in a campaign to destabilize and discredit the Fanmi Lavalas government and led to the imposition of an unelected interim government and the occupation of the country by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
This disdain for Haitians’ democratic rights has continued under the Conservatives up to the present day, the group claims. They say Canada’s actions under both Liberal and Conservative governments contributed to the creation of an environment in which violent repression became common during the time of the interim government in Haiti.
They will demonstrate at MacKay’s Constituency Office, 980 East River Rd., New Glasgow, on Saturday at 1 p.m. as a call for justice for the people of Haiti.
ARSN is network of groups and individuals working in solidarity with people struggling for social justice and environmental protection in Latin America, the Caribbean and in our own region.