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Congressional Lawmakers Denounce Haiti Violence

Washington, D.C.  – Representatives Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Val Demings (D-FL), Alcee Hastings, (D-FL), Debbie Murcarsel Powell (D-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), Donna Shalala (D-FL) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) have issued the following statement in response to violent protests in Haiti:

 “We are extremely troubled by news reports coming out of Haiti that describe a country in a state of emergency as protests continue and at least two lives have been lost. Congressional lawmakers have made several trips to Haiti and have witnessed firsthand the devastating toll that natural and manmade disasters have taken on the island nation and its citizens. We must do all that we can to ensure that Haiti does not become a failed state as this crisis unfolds.

“While the frustrations that have prompted the protests are justifiable, the violent acts being used to express them are indefensible and hurt the very people they’re meant to help.

“Violent protests have shut down government services and businesses and are preventing people from getting to work and school. The loss of even one day’s pay could set an already struggling family back by weeks, while the primary targets of the protests continue to live in great comfort.

“One of the key pillars of a democratic society is the freedom to stand up and speak out, and we fully support the right of Haiti’s citizens to do so. The protesters are urged to remember, however, that violence only begets more violence and its continuation could undermine the international support that Haiti so urgently needs to right itself in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

“To address this growing crisis, we plan to convene in July a meeting in South Florida that will include members of the Haitian diaspora and its advocates, elected officials from Haiti and the United States, and other key stakeholders to discuss strategies that will strengthen the rule of law and civil society in Haiti to the benefit of all Haitians.”

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
Jun. 19, 2019

4 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Congressional Lawmakers Denounce Haiti Violence”


  2. Kelly W says:

    Really not Americas problem. If they want to riot and murder or destroy others property then let Haitians law enforcement deal with them

    • Donna says:

      Understand and know the whole facts where America had a part of helping the president of Haiti get elected if our country was so corrupt as Haiti is we would be in the same boat trying to get out the president. we are fortunate to not have to undergo those circumstances it’s understandable how the Haitian people are going about it if we had to live in their shoes none of us would survive because we don’t know the life that they are living. Yes everyone in america are not the best in the world but we have places and shelter where people can go and at least get food in there stomachs. People in haiti don’t have that luxury to go to a shelter and get help. They are suffering on the streets with no food no jobs and no where to lay there heads at night. When people have helped that country and the president has not made any changes with that money to help the country but only make the country worst, I have traveled to Haiti several times and us as Americans we are very fortunate for the things that we have it might not be right the way they’re going about it in some ways but this has been going on now for months and it’s only getting worse because nobody is doing anything about it I think it is good that somebody helps and stands up for them a lot of people are suffering because they cannot go to work they cannot provide for their family because the streets are bad there I was there back in November and could not travel back home because you could not drive through the streets so my trip was delayed to coming home as the months passed by it only gets worse because nobody is doing anything about it .they have fought to have freedom in their country and they are fighting for the corruption to stop to make Haiti a better place. I think it is great that america is stepping in to help

    • Jessica says:

      Have you been to Haiti ? Do you know what these Haitians have to face daily? Were you one of the fortunate like me to be born a US citizen? If you have friends or family there, or if you were in this situation would you feel the same?

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