Friday, October 12, 2012 - 3pm to 6pm
Ralph Bunche Park, 1st Avenue between 42nd and 43rd streets, Manhattan
Haitians and their international supporters will demonstrate at United Nations Headquarters to demand that UN occupation troops be immediately withdrawn from Haiti and that the UN acknowledge and pay reparations for the cholera epidemic its troops brought to Haiti two years ago.
The Security Council mandate for the deployment of the UN Mission to Stabilize Haiti (MINUSTAH), which has occupied Haiti since Jun. 1, 2004, expires on Oct. 15. As demonstrators rally, the Security Council will be deciding whether to renew the mandate for another year.
Joining the demo will be Sen. Moise Jean-Charles, one of Haiti’s most outspoken critics of the occupation and of the regime of Haitian President Michel Martelly. Lawyer Brian Concannon, an author of the suit brought against the UN on behalf of 5000 Haitian cholera victims, will also speak. A delegation of union leaders and parliamentarians from Latin America including Pablo Micheli, General Secretary, Argentine Trade Union Confederation / Confederación de los Trabajadores de la Argentina (CTA), Julio Turra, National Executive Committee representative, United Trade Union Central of Brazil / Central Unica dos Trabalhadores do Brasil (CUT), and Adriano Diogo, (PT/SP), Deputy of the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil will also attend and visit with UN ambassadors to call on them to withdraw UN troops from Haiti.
Endorsers: Fanmi Lavalas NY, International Support Haiti Network (ISHN), KAKOLA, Komite Sitwayen, Mouvement Progressiste pour le Développement d’Haïti (MPDH), ANSWER Coalition, Cuba Solidarity New York, Dec. 12 Movement, International Action Center (IAC), International Liaison Committee of Workers and People (ILC), Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), Workers World Party (list in formation).