Haiti anniversary remembered

1/15/2015, 11:32 a.m.
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, marked five years since a 7.0 earthquake devastated the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, and surrounding areas.
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Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, marked five years since a 7.0 earthquake devastated the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, and surrounding areas. People and governments around the world contributed billions of dollars in aid. But the Committee to Mobilize Against Dictatorship in Haiti said in a statement that “having decided that this was way too much money for Haitians to manage, the ‘rulers of the world,’ who call themselves ‘the international community,’ chose Bill Clinton as head of the Haiti Reconstruction Fund. They forced Haiti’s president and parliament to yield absolute control of the reconstruction of our country to Bill Clinton.”

The group, also known as the Komite Mobilizasyon kont Diktati an Ayiti, continued,“Five years and more than 6 billion dollars later, Haitian victims of the earthquake are still living in tents, and the entire country is in worse condition than it was in 2010.”

They slammed the installation of Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly as president of Haiti, and on the anniversary, they rallied outside Bill Clinton’s Harlem office on 125th Street, having called on “all justice loving people to join the Haitian community in this protest,” adding, ”and we ask that you not support Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president of the United States.”