ANC wants Aristide's Return

From: Aduku Addae
Date: Thu Aug 25, 2005 3:04 pm
Subject: Re: [Africa-Politics] ANC wants Aristide's return [May 2005]

The ANC's call for Haiti to "embrace the rule of law and democracy" is a phrase taken straight out of US state department media releases. It is no accident that this call has this ring - it is the language of the cosmopolitan bourgeoisie. The ANC is the political party of the bourgeoisie in South Africa and Thabo Mbeki is its mouthpiece. It is no surprise that he wants to return Haiti to the old order of things i.e. to bourgeois democracy and the laws of the capitalist class imposed on the working people. That is what Thabo Mbeki is calling for. There is only one caveat: Aristide must be put back at he helm.

Thabo Mbeki's call for Aristide to be returned to Haiti and for his political cronies to be released from jail at first has a stately ring. The pedestrian mean-meaness of this call, however, soon becomes manifest. Mbeki says nothing about the ten thousand ( by Aristide's account) workers that have been killed in Haiti since February 29, 2004. Not a single word about this loss of life among the working people. Instead he calls for a return to: law and order; democracy; the rule of Aristide; the constitutional order. And the organization of 'free, peaceful and fair democratic elections.' It is a crass appeal for the petty interest of his class brothers as opposed to that of the working people of Haiti.

This, however, is to be expected since Mbeki is the head of the bourgeois state in South Africa. As political bureaucrats and petty bourgeois intellectuals Mbeki and Aristide share class interests. They are reactionary in their social outlook. They want time turned back and things returned to what they USED to be. They want capitalist class rule returned to Haiti with Aristide as the head of the regime. They want the 'good' old days back. This is as reactionary as it gets, for, the old days in Haiti have never been good!! But, this is what best represents the class interest of Mbeki and Aristide.

Mbeki himself has presided over the most intense exploitation of the South African workers. His regime has out-performed the Apartheid regimes in impoverishing the workers of 'black' South Africa.

The situation in Haiti is a result of 201 years of class struggle. The Franco-American invasion was undertaken to shore up the tottering rule of he Haitian bourgeoisie. It was also undertaken to rescue Aristide personally. This state of affairs arose because after 200 years the Haitian workers are gaining the upper hand in the struggle. Millions of Haitian toilers have died fighting in those 200 years. In this latest episode of the struggle 15,000 are dead and they are still fighting. To understand what this means you must bear in mind that after about 2000 casualties in Iraq the US is ready to quit ( i.e. after killing 150,000 innocent Iraqis. But this has to be the subject of another post). The Haitian workers are indomitable! That's what I am saying. It is important to understand this.

The workers in Haiti are facing global Capital directly. This is evident in the radically transformed role of the so-called international peacekeeping force. In the past it was possible for the UN to keep the peace because the conflict was between factions of the ruling class. At this historical juncture there is a palpable shift: the battle is directly between the capitalist class and the working class. The UN is now an aggressive force directly engaged in a shooting war with the proletarian partisans of the Haitian slums. This is open class war! And it has caught the wishy-washy petty bourgeoisie (people like Aristide) plumb in the middle and off guard. Mostly, these middle-or-the-roaders run and hide and call for the working class to surrender there arms and engage in peaceful non-violent protests. Imagine this kind of talk in a shooting war. Only the enemy tells you to put down your arms in a shooting war. That is how you can tell that Aristide is the enemy of the workers in Haiti.

Now, when there is a shooting war between the Capitalist and working classes, as distinctly identifiable adversaries, this is class war in its most developed form. Armed assault on the bourgeois state (in this case the Haitian state) by working people, on a national scale, is the proletarian revolution in practice. This is what the workers have done in Haiti since February 29, 2004 and that is what they have continued to do up to today, August 25, 2005. This is the meaning of the prevailing 'anarchy' and 'lack of security' in Haiti today.

Mbeki's call for a return to the state of bourgeois rule of law, which in any case is inherent in his call for bourgeois democracy, and the re-reinstatement of Aristide is particularly reactionary because he joins those those who have a desire to turn back time in Haiti and return to the old days. It is especially reactionary because he does not even recognize the heroic struggle of the Haitian working class. In a word he aligns himself against the revolutionary class in the very throes of the battle to break free from wage slavery and the domination of Capital.

Haiti is at the cutting edge of the social revolution. It is for this reason that all the contradictions which characterize capitalist society have been brought into dramatic relief in Haiti. For example, not one 'black man' state has come to the assistance of the 'black' Haitians. The current Haitian struggle has shown black (racial) solidarity to be just so much bullshit. The binary connection between class and race has been completely solved during the course of this episode of the Haitian struggle. It has shown that class trumps race. This is just one of the lessons to be gleaned from the current struggle taking place in Haiti.

In contrast to Mbeki and people of his ilk I call for the world's working class, including the working people of South Africa, to rally to the cause of the revolutionary workers of Haiti.
Respect, Aduku

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ANC wants Aristide's return
13/05/2005 19:13 - (SA)

Johannesburg - The African National Congress rallied on Friday the country's support for Haiti to embrace "the rule of law and democracy" and the return of political exiles, including deposed former president Jean Bertrand Aristide.

"South Africans are called on to join the people of Haiti and others around the world, in campaigning for the return of stability, the rule of law and democracy to the Caribbean state," the ANC said in its weekly newsletter ANC Today.

"South Africans are called on to join the people of Haiti and others around the world, in campaigning for the return of stability, the rule of law and democracy to the Caribbean state," the ANC said in its weekly newsletter ANC Today.

"The constitutional order must be restored, which include the creation of conditions for the return of all exiles, including President Aristide and the organisation of free, peaceful and fair democratic elections," the party said.

Aristide fled a popular revolt in Haiti in late February last year under pressure from the United States and France, first travelling to the Central African Republic and Jamaica, before arriving in Johannesburg.

He has been living in exile in South Africa since with his wife and two daughters and enjoys good relations with President Thabo Mbeki, the only world leader to attend Haiti's bicentennial independence celebrations early last year.

United Nations

The ANC called on the United Nations to ensure that the "un-elected interim government ends the political persecution of Lavalas (Aristide's party) members and supporters and release all political prisoners, ends all illegal arrests and summary executions..."

"As an immediate step, the interim government must either formally charge or release (former prime minister) Yvon Neptune and other political prisoners," it said.

Neptune, who served as prime minister under Aristide has been imprisoned since last year for alleged involvement in a 2004 attack which left 50 opponents of Aristide's regime dead or missing.

His health has been in decline following a recent weeks-long hunger strike to protest the conditions of his detention.

"As the situation of Haiti's poor worsens daily, South Africans are called upon to join others around the world in campaigning for a return to constitutionality, stability and political freedom in Haiti, the ANC said.

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