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1. More Than 17 People Died In Haiti Carnival Tragedy
Evidence shows the carnival tragedy took the lives of more than the 17 people claimed by the Martelly regime. Families demand access to the missing bodies. There are legitimate fears of organ trafficking.
3. Madigra m pa pè w, se moun ou ye. A Rose Crucifixion?- Ezili’s Notes on the pirate and skull ‘n bones motif on the government’s cemetery float.
4. The Carnival Was Not Cancelled. The last day street celebrations was turned into a ceremonial mourning parade by Michel Martelly, the King of Carnival. The government could not be bothered to cancel or delay their pre-arranged festivities. The victim family’s grief and questions were secondary.
Haiti Carnival Tragedy: What Was Planned, What Was an Accident?
Evidence Shows More Than 17 People Died: A Rose Crucifixion?- Remèt Kadav yo!
At 2:48 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, during the second day of Haiti’s annual Mardi Gras carnival, while on his float, Daniel Darinus, known as “Fantom” who is a member of the Barikad Crew band hit an overhead, high-voltage wire and set off a mass electrocution and stampede tragedy.
Slow motion footage showing electrocution of carnival goers on left-side and back of the Barikad Crew float
See in X8 slow motion Fantom hitting the high-voltage wire with the top of his head.
Nouvèl- 17 Fevriye 2015
Fantom was hospitalized and is recovering. No one on the Barakad Crew float died. Champ de Mars is the main public park of Port au Prince where carnival stands lined both sides of the street for the three day event. Overloaded carnival floats move through the tightly packed, narrow route on the Champ de Mars in front of the grounds of the razed presidential palace. The accident happened at Champ de Mars, right in front of the all-pink, palace-like presidential carnival stand and across from a Mayor of Port au Prince-sponsored cemetery stand.
There is much controversy about the number of people who were electrocuted, and how many were crushed in the stampede. Some say they heard shooting. The government authorities announced that 17 people died and 76 were injured, all, from electrocution and the stampede.
Availablevideo evidence suggests the electrical current arced from the power line to the micro-phone of the lead singer Fantom of Barikad Crew. Then traveled through the conductive framework of the float, earthing and electrocuting carnival revelers at ground level, who were in direct contact with live sections of the float and others in physical contact with them at the time. Carnival goers were crowded, like tightly packed-sardines, on all four sides of the vehicle. It’s a visual nightmare to watch. We believe if the entire charge had passed only through Fantom, he would not be alive today. Most of the charge must have traveled through his micro-phone lead. (See, Answering Questions About the Tragedy.)
Eyewitnesses insist that upwards to 100 people died on February 17, 2015. If true, where are all the bodies? Only 17 of the dead were acknowledged at the empty casket state funeral on February 21, 2015. But there seems to be more than 17 dead just in the first photo of clustered deaths, posted above.
THERE ARE LEGITIMATE FEARS OF ORGAN TRAFFICKING IN HAITI
The carnival deaths and the missing bodies bring up the spectacle of organ trafficking that plagues Haiti and Afrikan countries, more so with the advent of each new gruesome catastrophe. During the Haiti earthquake, then Prime Minister of Haiti, Jean-Max Bellerive told CNN about the organ trafficking and sale of Haiti children in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. UNICEF said at least 15 Haiti children were snatched from hospitals in Haiti and there was a group of US charity workers who we jailed for kidnapping 33 Haiti children. At that time, the head of the MINUSTAH/UN forces was Edmond Mulet. Mulet was once arrested for child trafficking in Guatemala and recently his children trafficking past is catching up with him. The Haiti government and security forces are still under the rule of the Charitable Industrial Complex and the UN-MINUSHAH forces.
FAMILIES DEMAND RETURN OF THE MISSING BODIES
The names of the 17 Champ de Mars dead victims, released by the government are: Jeudy Perterson, Joseph Jeff Darel, Lundy Borgella, Cénat Pegyve, Cedieu Joseph, Johny Hilaire, Alain Paul, Alice Bureau, Jean Rony Civil, Felix Origène, Fedelyn Joseph, Rosier Axianax, Yanick Ferdinand, Jasmine Capitaine, Kenson Thermidor, Louis René, et Gabriel Jacques Leconte.
The authorities released these names, but not the autopsies they claim were conducted before the public funeral. Here’s the State Hospital’s list with names on it of dead carnival victims, receive at their morgue. These are victims brought to just one hospital as shown in this video, but not included in the official 17. Pascal Dordin, Herby AC were not included in state funeral. Where are their bodies?
The visually well organized, quick government funeral hasn’t closed the need for those who can’t find their family members to understand and find closure about their loved ones. Questions about the accident abound. See, Answering Questions About the Tragedy.
The negligence that allows carnival floats to be set so high as to touch live wires should be accounted for and not allowed to happen, ever again. Government entities in charge of public security are accused of putting carnival revelers in danger. If the narrow area had not been so congested with people and the people were not touching the float, the deaths would probably not have occurred. The regime is also heatedly criticized for not putting the concerns of the victims’ families at the center of the grief vigil and funeral. It’s fine for the State to pay for the funerals. But insensitive to go on with the carnival the day of the tragedy. Unacceptable for it to refuse the families access to the remains of their loved ones – remèt kadav yo (return the corpses).
The tragedy began with a terrible accident. But there are so many tragedies in this situation. First of all, just last week Henry Jean Claude, a Haitian in the Dominican Republic was beaten, strangled, publicly lynched and left to hang in a Santiago public park. Haitians in the Dominican Republic are facing state terror, daily slaughters, the theft of their belongings and arbitrary deportation even if they’ve legally resided in the DR for 80 years. Instead of showing national concern, the Martelly-Paul regime holds a massive national carnival to dance, revel and waste monies.
After the Henry Jean Claude’s hanging, the Haiti government reportedly gifted 1,000 pesos or approximately $223 dollars to Henry Jean Claude’s young widow. Erzuline Celuma, the grieving widow has two small girls to raise. She was offered no protection by the Haiti government. Contrast this with the monies the Martelly regime spends on national carnival and the luxurious $450,000 palace-like stand, complete with waiting rooms, bathrooms and air-conditioning, built just to be used for an event that will last only three days.
With all the problems the country is facing, the people who lost their lives shouldn”t even have been there if Haiti had a responsible government.
Secondly, for months, the people have been daily protesting the high gas prices, high costs of living, the dissolution of Parliament, the unconstitutional reign of the Martelly regime. So, how does it make sense to waste so much monies on carnival to begin with?
Haiti needs infrastructure, clean water, sanitation, sewer systems, good roads, food sovereignty and local jobs. But the Martelly regime prioritizes carnival drinking, dancing and singing. It abandons the Haitians being terrorized in the Dominican Republic; abandons justice for the 10,000 dead UN-cholera victims, the 850,000 infected ones; ignores the homeless quake victims from the January 2010 earthquake that are still getting evicted from tarp and tent villages and living in pure squalor. Deception and dictatorship are not democracy. It’s unspeakably cruel and terrorizing.
Lastly, the carnival was scheduled for three days, February 15, 16, and 17th. After the accident, Martelly and his crew announced that the last day of carnival was cancelled. But just as Bill Clinton did not build Haiti back better, Martelly did not cancel the carnival. The show went on to ceremonially show Martelly, like Bill Clinton, can handle an emergency with competency. It was smoke and mirrors. A mourning narrative repeated by the biased and irresponsible media. The hideous truth is that the Martelly regime used the carnival tragedy the way their handlers at USAID, the UN, the NGOs and the Clinton Foundation used the earthquake tragedy. Afterwards, the nation was left bleeding, filled with questions, more traumatized and in more grief. (See, Answering Questions About the Tragedy ; The Carnival Was Not Cancelled and A Rose Crucifixion But Not Vodun.)
ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CARNIVAL TRAGEDY
Questions About Electrocuted Victims With No Outward Trauma
Since the carnival tragedy, Haiti activists have been called upon to advocate for the carnival goers’ right to get answers to questions the US-puppets seem too busy posturing for carnival photo-ops to publicly provide.
At first, when folks came to HLLN to say that the dead folks clustered on the electrocuted side of the Barikad Crew float or seen in photos looked more asleep than dead and had no electricity entry and exit wounds, we wondered if toxic gasses could account for the clustered deaths that showed no visible outward trauma? We’re not experts on how an electrocuted body looks like. It took some research and time to speak with doctors and understand enough to try to explain what we were told, which is that AC current causes instantaneous cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation. It’s not uncommon to have no visible outward trauma in electrocution cases.
Carnival Electrocution, 2015 | Front view of Barikad Crew truck slowly moving through the crowd. Side view beneath the singer at the arcing moment where crowd gets electrocuted and back view of running, scattering and trampling. (See it in slow motion at the moment of ground impact.)
Other questions the family’s raised were about why the people on the float were not killed. How did the people on the ground get electrocuted if the power-line did not fall to the ground and no one on the float died? In an effort to answer credibly, we publicly discussed the questions on-line, invited assistance and scoured tons of on-line video footages to locate the best ones from all angles.
Knowledgeablefolks who we sent the videos to and consulted with maintained that it’s not at all surprising that the people on top of the float weren’t electrocuted, since they were not between the singer and the ground. Basically the float became electrified when Fantom hit the wire. The truck, trailer and generator tires probably prevented the current from earthing to the ground. In order for a person to be electrocuted they needed to be touching both the ground and also the electrified float parts. The float occupants were not in contact with the ground so the current didn’t travel through them to be earthed.
In a power line electrocution, the current is divided equally among everyone who is in contact directly or indirectly with the victim who touched the line. Fantom who was victim #1 had surface burns, but most of the others would not have visible trauma.
The first video video shows the front view of the Barikad Crew truck slowly moving through the crowd. The camera pans for a side view beneath the singer. Shows the moment the crowd gets the electric shock or electrocuted. There’s a flashing spark, people drop instantaneously. There’s a back view of running, scattering and trampling. We’ve cropped and slowed down the first video video by 8 times to make it easier to follow what happened. The slow motion footage shows the moment of impact. How the people touching the float on the left (Fantom side) and only side the electricity traveled were electrocuted and the aftermath back view.
See in X8 slow motion Fantom hitting the high-voltage wire with the top of his head.
The second video shows the actual front top view of the electrocution of the shirtless Fantom, but there’s no float panic. One sees the rush starting at the back/side view of the float on the ground level. You hear someone say, “gen moun ki mouri anba cha.” – some people are died under the float. See the second video cropped and in X8 slow motion showing Fantom hitting the high-voltage wire with the top of his head.
The third video (13:47) shows a better angled ground view and the longer aftermath footage of the accident. It shows that at the instant of the power-line accident, the crowd of people on the left side, walking next to the float with their hands against the float and everyone within about 5 feet of the rear dropped instantly to the ground, while people right next to them seemed unaffected by the electrocution. There was then a brief panic. Some of the people on the left-side got up and ran after they were shocked. Others from the back began jumping off the blue float generator they were standing or sitting on, to run. It looks like at least two victims were trampled perhaps 15 ft behind the float. They were later attended to by medics, and didn’t seem to get up.
Haiti Carnival 2015 | Electrocution and Aftermath
Some folks fell under the generator or got wedged between the generator and the float. In the aftermath, we see people looking under it, trying to move or lift up the generator. In theslow motion video, arcing flashes (at 0:09) can be seen coming from the rear of the float as well, even though it is out of the shot. You can see one man was trapped under the generator. He must have gotten shocked too. He was lying on the ground as the generator rolled onto him trapping him under the generator. No gun shots are heard on the videos we’ve watched. Participants with questions said the electrocution of Fantom happened and “then in a separate incident, there were shots and people from the back started running.” This is consistent with the surge arcing from Fantom’s head to his micro-phone. There are burn marks on his left chest where the mike hit him. Then the power surge went down the mike wire blowing our the power boxes and the generator in the back. That perhaps was the delay people experience and the blowing out of the power boxes and generator may have sounded like shots.
From what is seen in the third video (13:47 minute) time span, carnival goers, the light green cap-wearing folks from the National Carnival Committee (NCC) and some emergency medical units were there immediately picking up the injured and rushing them out of the area.
In terms of organization during a national emergency, the actually Saturday, February 21, 2015 funeral was visually well executed with 17 empty caskets. But if you look at the videos of the tragedy, some police authorities wandered into the accident area, but didn’t seem to be very effective or have any unified plan or actions. The revelers remained calm and orderly throughout the tragedy, helping each other.
If more updates come in, we will share it at this post or perhaps in a later essay. There was a power outage at some point, which lasted for 6 or so minutes. Questions remain as to how many died from electrocution, from the float running over them, from being crushed by the crowd, from the little bit of running that’s observable. If The victims’ families have the right to examine the remains, see the autopsies, be told the truth, no matter how uncomfortable, so they may get better closure. (For more on the carnival tragedy, go to A Rose Crucifixion but not Vodun ; The Carnival Was Not Cancelled, and More Than 17 People Died In Haiti Carnival Tragedy.)
WHAT THE QUESTION OF SORCERY AND SACRIFICE REALLY MEANS IS: WAS THIS TRAGEDY PLANNED?
A Rose-crucifixion but not Vodun. Madigra m pa pè w, se moun ou ye.
The carnival tragedy is a product of poor infrastructure and governmental failures. When mysticism is blamed, this scapegoating, absolves the authorities responsible for public safety. The Martelly regime’s Port-au-Prince cemetery stand, contains two skull and bones artworks. Skull and bones are a symbol for piracy, looting, murder and rape. This indeed is a fitting depiction for the lawless Martelly regime, often referred to as “Bandi Legal” and for the plundering US military occupation of Haiti behind UN mercenary guns. Skull and crossbones are not Vodun symbols.
In Haiti whenever something bad happens, inevitably someone will blame it on Vodun. Vodun is Afrikan. God is the white Jesus according to Western ethos. So, it’s not surprising that many are negatively connecting Vodun to the carnival tragedy. This is, of course, preposterous, irresponsible and lazy. Foreigners and clueless Haitians feed this colonial narrative.
But what gives this more legs is that the Champ de Mars carnival electrocution took place across from the unpopular government’s cemetery stand. The cemetery stand sported veiled death-threat messages, aimed at Martelly’s detractors and the anti-dictatorship demonstrators.
The taunting rose cemetery billboard is sponsored by the mayor of Port-au-Prince for the cemetery. It’s located not too far away from Martelly’s $450,000, matching-pink, palace-like carnival stand.
“Madigra m pa pè w, se moun ou ye” are lyrics of a Haitian song my parents used to sing to me, when as a little girl, the large Mardi Gras puppets, masks and outlandish makeup on the people passing down the Champ de Mars pubic square, frightened me. It means “Madigra, I am not scared, underneath the mask there’s a human being, just a person.” My point is, both evil and good deeds are not mysterious. They’re the work of human beings. Fear not, just unmasked the Madigra.
The pink carnival stand with the skull and crossbones’ motif where the accident took place does not contain traditional Vodouist symbols and banda rhythms for the cemetery.
It’s pink and green, with two skulls and crossbones, a green open-pentagram, a black cross, a green eye of Horus under one of the skull and bones and two bodiless heads with the top of their brains chopped off. This makes no sense in Vodun lexicon. It doesn’t depict the Vodun cemetery or crossroads between the worlds of the living in the dead.
Guede yo, Baron Samedi, Grann Brigit are the Vodun archetypes normally associated with the cemetery and entering the realm of the dead. They’re associated with death, sex, fertility,debauchery and resurrection. Baron Samedi is ruler of the graveyard. He protects the living and the dead and is usually depicted with a powdered face, a top hat, a black tuxedo jacket, dark glasses. His vevé symbol is a cross on top of a tomb, to show Baron Samedi rules the great crossroad. The Guede colors are purple, black and their faces are powdered with white. They’re not represented by skull and crossbones.
What the question of sorcery and sacrifice really means is, was this tragedy planned? A Martelly rose crucifixion?
The carnival tragedy is a product of poor infrastructure and governmental failures. When mysticism is blamed, this scapegoating, absolves the authorities responsible for public safety. The Martelly regime’s Port-au-Prince cemetery stand, contains two skull and crossbones artworks. Skull and crossbones are a symbol for piracy, looting, murder and rape. This indeed is a fitting depiction for the lawless Martelly regime, often referred to as the “legal bandits” and for the plundering US military occupation of Haiti behind UN mercenary guns. Skull and crossbones are not Vodun symbols. It’s a widely used insignia of many elite US military units and other European military forces, including the old Nazi SS.
Skull and bones was the traditional English motif placed on flags flown to identify a pirate ship about to attack during the early 18th century. Before then, in the 13th century, Skull and crossbones was the Knight Templars’ marine battle flag. Skulls and crossbones and the pentagram/(US pentagon) are associated with various European secret societies, phallic worship, the Freemasons, Knights Templars and the Jesuits. It’s also commonly associated with European elites from an undergraduate senior secret society at Yale University. Members of the power elite, US skull and bones secret society include current US Secretary of State, John F. Kerry and former president George W. Bush. (Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton also went to Yale, but for their law degrees in 1973.) All, considered pirates and plunderers, by the movement to free Haiti.
The Political Message on the Government’s Cemetery Billboard
Haiti carnival is a national cultural and artistic event. But Martelly has been using it as an instrument of propaganda for the presidential palace. His government routinely excludes carnival artists whose lyrics are not silent on and do not aggrandize the Martelly presidency and US occupation forces. 16 bands were invited by the National Carnival Committee. Brother’s Posse was banned from the last two National Carnivals. They refused Martelly’s belated invitation this year. Martelly (Tèt Kale) is known to humiliate the artists he feuds with by sabotaging their sound, generator, lighting, et al.
“Se nan gran chimen map kanpe la a
Yo mèt pote kouto. Yo mèt pote ponya.
Jou Malè: I am standing on the great path
The name of a small time band called Frap La, and their song, Nap Manyen Yo, are featured on the government’s Port au Prince cemetery stand. There’s also “Frap la Revelasyon 2015.” The question is why would the cemetery need advertising or to promote this particular band? Why would a song, from this particular group get chosen and sponsored at the cemetery by the offices of the Mayor of Port-au-Prince? Isn’t that the State favoritism that’s unfair to other bands? Frap La was not one of the 16 featured, National carnival artists. How is the Frap La group associated with “pink” or So Ann, or any of the other weird wordings on the stand.
“Frap La” means “Frap is still here.”
The thinly veiled messages are readily understandable to the pro-democracy masses in Haiti. The unelected Mayor is a Martelly political appointee. He does Martelly’s biddings. In his younger days, Martelly participated in FRAPH and other paramilitary death-squad group that helped take down the first democratically elected Aristide government and kept it out of power from 1991 through to 1994.
Also Sò Ann’s name is written on the pink cemetery billboard. Sò Ann is a former Lavalas militant who suffered great persecution under the two coup detat’s against democratically-elected President Aristide.Sò Ann switched sides and is now said to be a political grandmother to Michel Martelly. Back in her pro-democracy days, Sò Ann due to her close ties with President Aristide was accused of being the powerful manbo who helped him come to power through sorcery. The rabidly anti-Aristide media and coup detat people’s charge was thatSò Ann held a Vodun ceremony at the National Palace and sacrificed a baby to help Aristide’s political fortunes.
“Frap la,” when emphasized by Martelly says to veteran pro-democracy militants that the CIA-created, FRAPH death squad, is still alive in Haiti. They see Martelly claiming Sò Ann on his pink billboard as a form of gloating. “Nap Manyen Yo” – has a sexual connotation about “touching them” when sung by Frap La. But on Martelly’s billboard, protestors who are tear gassed, shot and arbitrary arrested daily, takes it to mean, exactly that. The government saying its ready to handle them: “we’ll handle them.”
Think about it. There was a government billboard advertizing death next to the Barakad Crew truck that was electrified. A power surge caused the carnival tragedy. A band name Frap La was chosen by the Government to sing “Map Mayen yo” at the foreign-looking cemetery stand. In a crazy coincidence, the producer of Frap La’s song, is a well-now producer who goes by the stage name “Power Surge.”
The coincidences combine with the political messages on the morbid cemetery stand, added to the actual death of so many at the February 17, 2015 carnival tragedy, deeply aggravates an already terrified and traumatized people struggling against overwhelming fire-power to end the US occupation and dictatorship.
While the Martelly-Paul regime basks in its sudden good fortune in free and sensationalist publicity from the carnival tragedy, elsewhere in the nation, tensions are running high. People are scared, looking for answers. It seems to Haitians that their lives are being sacrificed left and right with poor infrastructure that causes deaths while the rich live well, drink clean water, have year-round electricity and want to bring in tourists on lands taken from Haitians. The harsh reality is no one with access to any worldly power seems to care about what happens to Haitians. Certainly not the lawless Martelly rule nor its Pamela White/Samatha Powers’ “Core Group” handlers.
It’s in this context we find certain Haiti journalists, commentators and plain ordinary grieving folks saying, out-loud, that sorcery was used to cause the accident or, blaming the carnival victims for their fate for participating in Martelly’s carnival in the first place. Both are untenable. Black life matters. Our reality harsh enough without the tall tales. None of the carnival goers deserve the bad fortune that unfurled. And certainly the Ancient Ones would not be our warrior ancestors, would not be our winning ancestors of the Haiti revolution if their way (Vodun) would sanction Haiti blood sacrifices to fuel Empire’s vampires. Au contraire.
VIDEO: Interview avek Direktè Simityè a kap esplike koze Stand Simitye a nan Kanaval la
Laguerre Mareige, Director of the Port au Prince cemetery explaining the stand| Source: NouLive, Posted: February 24, 2015
Such intense psychological warfare would not be needed if Haiti’s widespread and tireless protest against the US occupation and dictatorship were not effective and unveiling the thieves.
Deceive, divide, dominate is a tried and true colonial blueprint.
This attempt to show Martelly’s invincibility with a pink cemetery stand, to create fear, chaos and a sort of Papa-Doc psychological terror with the cemetery stand was executed in such a manner that shows the artists and sponsors of the stand have no knowledge of Haiti’s cemetery symbols, their purposes. Much less any clue about the Haiti will and commitment to liberty. The pro-democracy forces have thoroughly exposed that the US only intervened in Haiti to destroy the Lavalas movement and bring back Duvalier-type dictatorship. It took down Martelly’s Prime Minister. It will take down dictatorship and the outsourced US occupation. (See also, Ezili’s other carnival tragedy coverage at More Than 17 People Died In Haiti Carnival Tragedy ; Answering Questions About the Tragedy, ; The Carnival Was Not Cancelled and The Pentagram in Depth.)
The two brainless clown faces on the cemetery billboard is a projection of the occupational forces own unraveling. Madigra m pa pè w, se moun ou ye.
THE CARNIVAL WAS NOT CANCELLED
The Martelly dictatorships’ political use of the tragedy is unseemly. The carnival was not cancelled. It went forward, but pitched to media cameras and the nation, as an overly theatrical, all-white vigil and state funeral.
Something cannot be both planned and an accident. The carnival tragedy was set off when Fantom’s head hit the overhead power line. But, there is truth to the observation that something was planned. That something is the aftermath. That perception is not a figment of the people’s fertile imagination. The band played on. Martelly, the self-styled carnival king was center stage. Outrageously, there was no breathing room between the tragedy and the resumption of the carnival.
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The deaths occurred on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 2:48 p.m. The government announced on that same day that the carnival was cancelled and a three day period of national mourning would began. But in reality, on the day of the deaths, by 5:00 p.m., the carnival had resumed.
Martelly couldn’t be bothered to really change or delay his big carnival finale plans just because untold numbers of carnival revelers were electrocuted and killed on the second day of his carnival. You see, he’d already paid an unprecedented $450,000 on his own palatial spot at the public square to view the festivities with special friends and entourage. So, blithely, the Martelly presidential band marched on, even better with Martelly marching along, for the cameras and international media, while grieving families and the victims’ friends were scouring hospitals, demanding answers and searching everywhere for their missing relatives. Ceremony and pageantry was valued more than substance.
Martelly just took the opportunity of the tragedy to put on a more effective political show for the cameras. His regime faces constant and widespread demands that he steps down. This was his well-scripted, manna from heaven, big Hollywood comeback. An all-white-outfitted carnival event, etched from the massive, pre-planned street celebrations that normally closes out the carnival festivities. The usual finale was re-formatted and pitched as a mourning vigil for the carnival victims and grieving families. Different sectors participated to advance Obama’s fake democracy agenda. The image projected was of an inclusive and popular Martelly government. The reality is the Martelly regime is most known in Haiti, these last three years for its unpopularity, exclusion, elitism, and ruling by decree. People go to carnival not because they approve of Martelly, but because it’s free and distracting. Which is exactly why Martelly holds so many of them. It’s a cheap way, like the old time Roman gladiator games, to keep the people busily distracted from the country’s real issues. It’s a handy way to stop, at least for three days, the widespread demonstrations against his illegitimate rule.
The Band Played On: A Carnival Parade Pitched to The Public as a Vigil
The handling of the vigil without family participation, the sudden great organization skills of Martelly’s emergency response, and the fact that the incident happened across from the weird government-sponsored cemetery death stand, which doesn’t fit into a happy carnival theme, understandably upsets and perplexes many Haitians. The government could dispel this confusion if it put the people’s needs for answers ahead of its media publicity stunts.
The authorities in charge of public security, including the police, the Mayor of Port au Prince, the Director General of Electricity of Haiti (EDH), the National Carnival Committee (NCC), the Minister of Interior, the Minister of Culture and the President, all should be held accountable for the overcrowding and patently unsafe public conditions that led to the Champ De Mars tragedy. The Commissaire de Gouvernment (prosecutors office) must open up an investigation to assure impunity does not reign, due reparations are accorded to the victims and measures to improve public security at future carnivals are put in place. (See also, More Than 17 People Died In Haiti Carnival Tragedy ; Answering Questions About the Tragedy; and A Rose Crucifixion but not Vodun.)
The Carnival Was Not Cancelled
But Pitched for Maximum Political Effect by the US-installed dictatorship
Photos from the February 17, 2015 Haiti Carnival Tragedy
Haiti says NO to dictatorship. No to American imperialism. No to Martelly,
Down with UN/MINUSTAH, Yes to Local Development, Local Infrastructure, Local Public Safety Measures. Remèt Kadav yo!