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Help save Yvon Neptune’s life – Yvon Neptune’s Letter From Jail – 1/24/05
(English translation below)
Prime Minister Yvon Neptune has been on a hunger strike since the February 19, 2005 prison release that was, as reported by Anel Belizaire, intended as a cover to mask his assassination in the chaos. The eight months of incarceration, many attempts on his life and the deprivations of prison shackles in Haiti, along with this hunger strike has taken its toll on the health of Yvon Neptune. This morning doctors had to be called to his cell. He is in critical condition and his family worries he won’t live much longer.
Today HLLN went to Washington and made an urgent appeal to the Haiti Task Force of the Congressional Black Caucus to do something to help save the life of Yvon Neptune. We brought them Yvon Neptune’s letter and delivered it into the U.S. Congressional record at a briefing on the situation in Haiti.
Below is the Prime Minister’s perhaps last words, written from prison, after more than 8-months of being held without formal charges or trial.
It’s difficult to stand idle as an innocent and noble man’s life ebbs slowly but surely away as a result of the Bush Administration intentionally plunging into the backs of the Haitian majority this horrific cancer of lawlessness, repression, violence and inhumanity. The neocon imperialist shot Latortue’s sick regime into Haiti’s bloodstream by overwhelming and unmerciless force. But they say it is for our “own good” and in the best interests of Haitian justice and democracy!!! Such malevolence and insult to our intelligence is without peer.
This Coup d’etat cannot metastasize further.
One year of pure barbarity, terror and crime is absolutely much more than enough. Far, far too many innocent Haitians, human beings, have died senselessly, pointlessly and apathetically.
We urge everyone to demand that the United States take away its dirty syringe and send it on back to Boca Raton. Or better yet, some prison, we suggest Guantanamo Bay, for crimes against humanity. A place where even U.S. citizen, nor anyone else for that matter, will have to absorb such terror, ugliness. Certainly Haiti’s starving and already traumatized boys and girs bear this U.S.-imposed burden much longer. It’s beleaguered-in-tribulations adults neither.
Help save Yvon Neptune’s life. Please contact the people and organizations Prime Minister Neptune has addressed his letter to below. Ask them to save Neptune’s life by demanding his immediate and unconditional release from prison in Haiti. The U.S.-backed Latortue/Apaid/Gousse/Foley regime in Haiti, have revealed themselves, in the year since the Coup d’etat, to be competent only in violence, subterfuge, lies, shooting-dead young unarmed Black boys, unarmed demonstrators and at arming and rewarding their thugs, killers, convicts and mercenaries who keep them in power through the use of naked force.
Cite the Miami Law Center report and the recent February 28, 2005 shooting of unarmed demonstrators as an example of the anarchic conditions, lawlessness and ranpant human rights abuses.
According to Bel Air residence we interviewed, the February 28, 2005 shooting, was done by CIMO and SWAT Units, and their civilian attaches (especially the four A.S.-DDO operatives, known to Haitian victims as: Jean Yves “Nasson” Gerald; Narage “Eleus” Laguerre; St. Gor “Père Reklè” Clermond; and, “Gwo Fanfan.” ). These four men were among the six men, in the white, unmarked pickup Chevrolet truck, that stopped at the corner of Rue Des Cèsars and Rue Des Front-Forts and began shooting indiscriminately at the unarmed Bel Air demonstrators on February 28, 2005 in plain sight of the international media and U.N. troops.
According to their victims, the people of Bel Air recognized these four Direction Departementale De L’Ouest (”DDO”) attaches as part of the shooters who fired into the crowd on February 28, killing at least 5 people and wounding over 15 because these four civilian attaches to the Haitian police, these alleged four murderers, are routinely sent on killing and arson sprees into their neighborhoods with total impunity and in plain sight of MINUSTHA troops. On February 28, 2004 at the peaceful demonstration even though the international media was present, along with human rights advocates, these four still were able to kill with impunity.
Bel Aire residents say the four work for the police station in Port-au-Prince that is under the command of Leon Charles, Director General of Haiti’s police force and which main police station is under the jurisdiction of Coup D’etat government employee, Renand Etienne, the head of DDO. These civilian attaches to the DDO wear no uniform and are simply identified as A.S.-D.D.O. – that is Attaché Special to the DDO.
These are the freedom fighters of Mr. Bush and Latorture. These terrorists are the ugly epidemic unleashed on the people of Haiti. Please, your efforts to save the lives of the people of Bel Air, of Prime Minister Yvon Neptune are critical. MINUSTHA has no facility to hold these murderers. When they are caught by MINUSTHA killing the Haitian people, all U.N. troops can do is turned them over to the very people who hired them. And, in just hours, as the people of Bel Air, recount, these men are out and doubly committed to the madness of killing, killing, which they are well paid to do.
Bush took away Haiti’s fledging democracy and replaced it with this Latorture death and killing regime. The people of Haiti cannot go to MINUSTHA for help as outlined above and cannot go to Latortue for justice. The only thing we can do is stop this from its source – The United States. Our government unleashed this Coup d’etat and must now stop the bloodshed – let this begin with the saving of Yvon Neptune’s life. (Some contact info provided below. Thank you.)
Lit la red pou Ayisyen. Ann sonje, men anpil chaj pa lou!
Prime Minister Yvon Neptune (English Translation)
Ever since my unjust and unjustified incarceration at the National Penitentiary on June 27th 2004, my life has been directly threatened on three (3) occasions.
On the third occasion, Saturday February 19th of the current year, the Government made the decision to place me in isolation, purportedly for my own safety but the end result of this maneuver has been the application of further and apparently intended punishment. Indicative of this is the fact that after I returned to my initial cell after three (3) days in isolation, I am confronting new restrictions whose sole purpose are to humiliate me and above all to render me to the condition of an animal.
Dear Ambassadors, surely you are all aware of the Machiavellian reasons for which since the 29th of February of 2004 I have been the brunt of all sorts of persecutions to force me into exile. Much better than me, you are also aware of the politically motivated vile and cynical objectives of my arbitrary arrest and illegal detention, a detention which has now lasted 8 months and in dehumanizing and insecure conditions.
Despite irrefutable evidence which you all know some hoodlums in St. Marc in collusion with the NCHR and the Government persist in associating my name with their lies. This is of course being done to achieve shameful, monstrous, and macabre political ends which would at the same time mask their own acts of vandalism and assassination.
The Government, cloaked with a spirit of vengeance and with utter disregard for the most elementary principles and practices of law and justice, proceeds with sheer arrogance, not simply to arrest me without a warrant but furthermore to mount a biased and dictatorial Highest Court of Appeals since the constitutional mandate of many of the judges of this Court have long ago expired. They are conspiring to reenact the role of Pontius Pilate in the shamefully illegal case of incarceration and prolonged detention.
It seems that the Government is so infatuated with its power of “conqueror” that it is drooling over the bountiful returns on its investments in the democide and the destruction of the liberating forces of truth which bring forth justice.
With hopes that strong and sincere voices of moral authority and the partisans of justice will say unequivocally to the Government that it must cease to ally itself with delinquents, vandals, notorious assassins, and discredited organizations which shamelessly persist in trying to make me out to be a murderer so they can justify for the benefit of the Government my eventual lynching.
I am sure that the spectacle of my slow and certain death would be much more palatable to the Government and its cohorts.
To facilitate their purpose I have undertaken a hunger strike so that one day my brothers and sisters who are made to wallow in abject misery will no longer be disdained, starved, scorned and ostracized.
of the United States of America
Call, e-mail, fax and/or write Huntley Medley, Public Relations Consultant, Office of the Secretary-General, Tel: (592) -226-9280-9 or 227-4671 , Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
cc: OAS Leinaudi@oas.org, HunterJ14@aol.com, email@example.com, AntBar@oas.org, Argentina@oas.org, Bahamas@oas.org, Barbados@oas.org, Belize@oas.org, Bolivia@oas.org, Brazil@oas.org, Canada@oas.org, Chile@oas.org, Colombia@oas.org, Costa-Rica@oas.org, Dominica@oas.org, Ecuador@oas.org, ElSalvador@oas.org, Grenada@oas.org, Guatemala@oas.org, Guyana@oas.org, Haiti@oas.org, Honduras@oas.org, Jamaica@oas.org, Mexico@oas.org, Nicaragua@oas.org, Panama@oas.org, Paraguay@oas.org, Peru@oas.org, Republica-Dominicana@oas.org, StKitt&Nevis@oas.org, StLucia@oas.org, StVnG@oas.org, Suriname@oas.org, TnT@oas.org, Uruguay@oas.org, USA@oas.org, Venezuela@oas.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
to Haiti: James B. Foley
Call: U.S. Embassy,
Port-au-Prince – 011-509-223-4711
Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)
** Kofi Annan’s
Special UN Envoy to Haiti: Mr. Juan Gabriel Valdes
Please Fax the MINUSTAH office Attention to the 3 listed above. Better yet, send 3 separate letters addressing them individually.
TO AS MANY OF THESE PEOPLE AS YOU CAN including your congressperson, local
and national media (See contact for local & National media at: www.margueritelaurent.com/contactinformation/local-national-media.html ;
U.S. congress at: www.margueritelaurent.com/contactinformation/uscongress.html )
“Men anpil chay pa lou” is Kreyol for – “Many hands make light a heavy load.”
See, The Haitian
Leadership Networks’ 7 “Men Anpil Chay Pa Lou” campaigns
to help restore Haiti’s independence, the will of the mass electorate
and the rule of law.