Monday, January 09, 2006

Details of U.S. support for Aristide opposition

Both before and after the Feb. 29, 2004 coup d'État in Haiti, Washington infiltrated "democracy promotion" programs (also known as "democracy enhancement") into almost every sector of Haitian civil society: political parties, media, human rights groups, student groups, vote monitoring organizations, business associations, and labor organizations.

Recently declassified National Endowment for Democracy (NED) documents reveal that a "leftist" workers' organization, Batay Ouvriye (BO), which promoted and called for the overthrow of the constitutionally elected government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was the targeted beneficiary of a US $99,965 NED grant routed through the AFL-CIO's American Center for International Solidarity (ACILS). Listed in NED's "Summary of Projects Approved in FY 2005" for Haiti, the grant states, "ACILS will work with the May 1st Union Federation- Batay Ouvriye [ESPM-BO] to train workers to organize and educate fellow workers."

[Jeb Sprague, "Coup payoff in Haiti: BO's "smoking gun," the $100,000 NED grant," THIS WEEK IN HAITI, Haiti Progres, January 4 - 10, 2006 Vol. 23, No. 43]

Read the full article here, backup link here.

On a personal note, if I'm not mistaken, I actually met with the representative of Batay Ouvriye mentioned in the article while I was in the Dominican Republic earlier this year. He was a talkative fellow.


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