Haiti is no stranger to adversity, anguish and overwhelming human misery.
It endured over 500 years of severe repression, slavery, despotism, colonization, reparations, embargoes, sanctions, deep poverty, starvation, unrepayable debt, overwhelming human suffering and destructive natural disasters.
Democracy is pure fantasy – Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s tenure the exception to the longstanding rule.
Elections when held are farcical, populist candidates excluded or marginalized to insignificance. Brazen disenfranchisement, ballot box stuffing, massive state-sponsored fraud and other irregularities are standard practice.
Except for the Aristide years, last October’s first-round presidential vote was no different from earlier ones – fraudulent, illegitimate by any standard.
Current president Michel Martelly won the same way, governing illegitimately. Hillary Clinton as Obama’s Secretary of State rigged things to install him.
October 2015 elections produced no majority winner. The December 27 runoff between ruling Farmers’ Response Party candidate Jovenel Moise and Jude Celestin was indefinitely postponed.
On January 1, Martelly announced it would be held on January 17, days later changing the date to January 24.
On January 20, Celestin pulled out, saying whoever “participates in this (runoff) is a traitor to the nation.”
Last Sunday’s process was again postponed, Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) president Pierre-Louis Opont duplicitously called the decision “an effort to protect the life of voter, of the CEP personnel, the institution itself, particularly school buildings placed at the disposal of the CEP.”
No new runoff date was set. Haitians began protesting massive electoral fraud last year, highlighting their subjugation under US dominance, given no say on how their country is run, exclusively serving US, Canadian, other Western and local monied interests.
On Sunday, former anti-Aristide coup leader, fugitive drugs trafficker Guy Philippe endorsed the US-supported regime candidate, threatening war to “divide the country,” saying:
“We are ready for war. I call on my supporters and my soldiers across the country to get ready.”
Last weekend, thousands of Haitians protested in Port-au-Prince, demanding Martelly and prime minister Evans Paul resign, an interim government replacing them.
Things remain in flux. Washington controls Haiti’s political process, assuring business as usual always wins.
On January 26, New York Times editors duplicitously headlined “Democracy on Hold in Haiti,” knowing none exists, supporting indefinite postponement of its runoff instead of explaining its rigged electoral process.
A January 24 State Department statement lied, saying “(t)he United States reaffirms its support for credible, transparent and secure elections that reflect the will of the Haitian people.”
Washington bears full responsibility for generations of brutal Haitian repression and exploitation, intending continued imperial control, installing its handpicked candidates to run things, enforced by police state harshness.
Martelly rules by decree. The terms of most so-called elected officials expired long ago. His term ends February 7.
Nothing in prospect suggests relief for long-suffering Haitians.