What is the political significance of the installation of the CARICOM Presidential Council?

What is the true meaning of this shameful act of the installation of the Presidential Council on April 25, 2024?


By Henriot Dorcent, Haiti Liberté, May 1, 2024

Once again, Haiti's anti-slavery, anti-colonial republic must renew Jean-Jacques Dessalines' historic cry during the siege of Crête à Pierrot from March 4 to 24, 1802. "Let those who want to become slaves to the French leave the Fort, and let those who want to die as free men line up around me".

The time for political decantation has come, the time for sorting the wheat from the chaff has come, the time for saying no to political opportunism has come, the time for breaking with the sharing of the cake has come, progressives of all stripes must unite to fight the capitulation of politicians in the service of Western imperialism and restore hope to the Haitian people in their struggle to regain our national sovereignty and independence.

What is the true significance of this shameful act of installation on April 25, 2024?

It is the consecration of the capitulation of Haitian politicians to perpetuate the neoliberal and neocolonial capitalist system. The popular masses and the progressive vanguard must take note of these gravediggers of the homeland, who have collaborated with Western imperialism through CARICOM.

This is confirmation of the policy of exclusion of the popular masses in revolt against the policy of terror of the neo-Duvalierist PHTK regime and its national and international allies.

It is the manifestation of Western imperialism's determination to deny the Haitian people's right to self-determination.

It should also be the moment to denounce all the political, economic, social and religious sectors that have collaborated with this transition formula of the collective West through CARICOM, and who are calling for a foreign military occupation to continue the plundering of our mineral resources.

This should also be an opportunity for all Haitian progressives to unite in proclaiming the Haitian people's right to self-determination and non-interference by foreigners in national political affairs.

This should also be the moment to adapt Jean Jacques Dessalines' cry at the Crête à Pierrot to this conjuncture of political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis by affirming:

"Let those who want to maintain the domination of Western imperialism over Haiti join the CARICOM Presidential Council. On the contrary, let those who fight for national sovereignty, national independence and national liberation join forces to defeat the neo-colonial plan of the collective West".

This parody of the installation of a presidential council inspired by a formula from the countries of the Caribbean Common Market is insulting to Haitians. How can we imagine for a moment a presidential structure created by decree issued by an interim Prime Minister? How can we imagine an interim Prime Minister issuing a decree appointing the members of a presidential council?

What a slap in the face for our heroes of independence: CARICOM, under the tutelage of Western colonialist countries, imposing a transitional formula on the first anti-slavery republic in the Western Hemisphere and on the American continent.

As Che Guevara said: "The duty of every revolutionary is to make the revolution".

The hour is grave! The time has come to denounce the gravediggers of the homeland and the collaborators of Western imperialism. It's time to raise awareness and mobilize the popular masses to overthrow the neo-colonial order and Western imperialism.

The time has come to reclaim the ransom of independence as we approach the 200th anniversary of the capitulation of the former freedmen of Jean Pierre Boyer's regime. Let us draw inspiration from our history, from the anti-colonial and anti-slavery struggles of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, culminating in national independence in 1804.

Let's take inspiration from the Haitian national song of 1898: "Independence is ephemeral without the right to equality!  Without which, everything becomes ephemeral; No order and no equality!


Translated by CHIP editors


Posted May 5, 2024