Massive disinformation campaign against the people!

Jean Elissaint Saint-Vil

By Mona Péralte, Haiti Liberté, Jan. 31, 2024

The political situation currently unfolding in the country is a wonderful exercise in discerning the good weeds and the bad weeds in the Haitian political garden, particularly in the diaspora. Ariel Henry's government, at war with the Haitian people, is trying to use certain opportunists in the diaspora, mainly in Canada, the United States, and France, to defend its evil cause. They are making alarmist, misleading claims, contrary to reality, in an attempt to create confusion and muddy the waters regarding the latest political events in Haiti.

Indeed, in the wake of the confrontation between the people and those in power, certain individuals in the diaspora, fake progressives and fifth columnists, are in the process of unmasking themselves. One by one, they're beginning to show their true colors. They're still playing the role of "abolocho" * - mercenaries in the service of power, like Paul Gérot Jean-Baptiste (alias Pa anmède l), André Michel, Loubens Benjamin (Ti Youri), to name but a few.

Is this why, since the launch of this popular movement in search of change against the transitional government, not even a sign of denunciation has been posted in front of Haitian consulates? Particularly in New York, and Montreal, Canada? While peasants and impoverished workers see their salvation only in change, and in the struggle for a better life.

Is the entire diaspora moving in the same direction as those who claim to be part of a certain left-wing movement? In their eyes, is the struggle for change  nothing but doom and bluffing?

The scope of their activism is limited to social media, where they use pseudonyms to publish their articles or lies. There are others who act as propagandists on the internet, relaying on WhatsApp or by e-mail the retrograde ideas of Haiti's biggest daily newspaper: Le Nouvelliste.

Last week, a certain Jean Elissaint Saint-Vil in Canada, using the pseudonym Jafrikayiti to express his hatred for the struggling Haitian people, did nothing but denigrate the construction of the Ouanaminthe irrigation canal.

The canal began construction on the initiative of the peasants of the Maribaroux plain to give the country agricultural independence from the Dominican Republic, so that millions of Haitian workers mired in unemployment and living in appalling conditions could live a decent life.

In compliance with the Dominican Republic's ruling class, Dominican President Luis Abinader, complicit with the de facto regime of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, attempted to block this construction. A revolutionary slogan was born out of this struggle: Kanal la pap kanpe (KPK) (the canal won't stop)!

In a message published on January 25, 2024, at 7:06 a.m., Jafrikayiti wrote on his Facebook account: "the construction of the Ouanaminthe Canal is a project of the Central American Intelligence (CIA) to condition the people to accept the restoration of Macoutism in Haiti through the construction of the Canal de Ouanaminthe."

Saint-Vil's reasoning is not only erroneous, it is objectively aimed at supporting the ruling power and fighting the self-determination of the Haitian people.

Statements of this kind are as dangerous as they are criminal, because they serve the enemies of the people. How is this offensive, indecent, and vexing statement not an attack against  national solidarity? Against the unity displayed by the peasant and working-class masses? Against the genuinely patriotic and progressive sectors of the Haitian diaspora?

What's regrettable about Saint-Vil's lie is that it's always the Haitians who are converted into a fifth column that the enemy of the people utilize. Instrumentalizing them to fabricate false images, false information, and lies to denigrate their own country and stab their own compatriots in the back.

"Let's build a canal, so that tomorrow we can build a country" ( An n bati yon kanal, demen pou n bati yon peyi ). This other slogan, born of popular wisdom and the revolutionary struggle to change the country's social conditions, has in a way provided fertile ingredients for the current popular revolt.

What kind of progressive displays this kind of aversion to popular struggle, while using BSAP as a pretext? BSAP, who accompany and protect the popular masses, are now the target of those in power. 

The way power and its reactionary ideologues focus on BSAP speaks volumes. Is this not another way for the government headed by Ariel Henry and his acolytes to block the path to national liberation, unity, and anti-imperialist solidarity that the people are trying to achieve by their own means?

Aren't these hypocrites, patent lackeys of the rotten and corrupt system, fundamentally the same as lawyers like André Michel, Reynold Georges? And centrist mercenaries like Pierre Espérance and Ariel Henry?

We salute the courage and insight of the Fanmi Lavalas party, which always maintains close links with the struggling masses. We applaud party leader Maryse Narcisse, who declared in an interview with Le Nouvelliste: "Fanmi Lavalas is listening to, and remains in solidarity with, the demands of the population, who are calling for profound changes expressed by the "chavire chodyè" translating their desire to break with this system based on bad governance, social injustices, corruption and programmed insecurity."


*Abolocho= mercenaries, gravediggers with no political convictions whose positions depend precisely on the bargaining and money they receive.


CHIP Editor's note: Since the publication of this article on January 31, 2024, Fanmi Lavalas has reversed their decision and joined the Washington-led transitional presidential council negotiated at CARICOM.


Translated by CHIP editors


Posted April6, 2024