Generally, the US people aren’t informed of where these funds are coming from and what their objectives are. The NED is like a “secret fund” from which they operate that which they wish. That’s why several progressives have organized a big mobilization within the United States, asking to close the secret fund called NED, of which even persons who opened it said that “A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA”. The NED HAS TO BE CLOSED DOWN!
The struggle to close the NED is a conscientious battle that concerns us! BATAY OUVRIYE STANDS FIRMLY WITH PROGRESSIVES IN THE UNITED STATES WAGING IT!
During the year 2005-2006, the CODEVI free trade zone workers’ struggle obtained various forms of support, from different places. We learned that the funds the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center sent Batay Ouvriye were from the NED. As we always do, we received these funds in the context of our complete independence, and this is how our line of action always stays firm and unwaveringly in support of the workers alone. We realize all organizations don’t function in this way or may not function this way but, for us, in the context of our independence, our position is always clear: NED SECRET FUNDS SHOULD BE CLOSED! Otherwise, the imperialist plan of death spread out will finish us off.
The imperialist policies of the United States in Haiti, as in the rest of the world, are a death plan! In the context of the ruling classes’ and middle classes’ failure, in the context of the populist opportunists’ failure, indeed, since 1986, we’re the ones, workers of all sorts in Haiti, that know how much, thanks to US State Department funds (taxpayers’ money, those of the working people), these projects serve imperialism to kill us. And, when to do this, they use tools such as the USAID, NED, IRI, and so on. Through so many plots, seminars of various sorts, through all the many NGO’s disseminating the bourgeois democratic orientations everywhere, throughout all sorts of big and small projects the middle-classes are disseminating throughout the country, the Haitian people are being killed. NED SECRET FUNDS HAVE TO BE CLOSED! This is the institution responsible for the ruling classes’ death plan on we who are dominated:
• They killed our local pork breed, destroyed our rice cultures, plantains, sugar cane… even our coconuts, plunging all our small peasants in a hole in which all we see in front of us is death and exile, going to the cities or foreign countries, in the worst conditions….;
• Haiti has become the trashcan of countries like the United States’ ruling classes. Not only has second hand clothing taken over the market, putting small artisans out of jobs, but even toxic waste was sent over to us to kill the people of Gonaives.
• All of this, in complicity with the opportunist governments, allowing the imperialists to attain their goals: destroying the national economy and, within this very framework, turning the Haitian people into the hemisphere’s stock of cheap labor, where we work in inhuman conditions in the industrial parks and free trade zones, under weapons and the blows of “security” agents, the police and the military.
• NED, IRI and the various other American government institutions are responsible for the numerous criminal imperialist policies in the country, in which they dig deeply, varying all are consequential battles waged, taking out all the criminals or lackeys they don’t need anymore, landing with all their soldiers when they want, as they want and, presently, advancing in their plans to impose a complete protectorate, with their moldy politicians in the field preparing their way, helping them in this.
All of this is the US and supposedly “friendly countries’” ruling classes’ imperialist policy in Haiti, along with their puppet governments who, in some way or another, allow the application of their orientations. We, workers and progressives, need to understand all of this clearly, to enter in the tireless battle against these imperialist, their covers (the supposed “agencies”) and the puppet governments aiding them in their tasks!
THE NED HAS TO BE CLOSED! It’s a necessary battle! But also an enormous one! With the interests of the workers always in mind, we’ll wage it firmly!