Lavalas Se Yon Oganizasyon Teworis

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Lè nou rele Lavalas yon òganizasyon teworis, gen moun ki di ke nou ekzajere paske mo teworis la twò fò pou n mete sou do yo. Nou pa gen pwoblèm avèk moun sa yo ki di sa a non. Nou jis pral eksplike kòman nou fè di ke Lavalas se yon òganizasyon teworis li ye, e nou ta swete lè n fini, yo tout kapab tonbe dakò avèk nou.

Tout bagay nan mond la, depi ke li ekziste, gen yon mo ki defini l e kalifye l. Nou pa t envante mo “teworis” la non, se ititlize nou itilize l pou n ka defini ki sa Lavalas la ye.

Daprè Dictionary.com, mo “teworism” la vle di an Anglè “the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.” An bon Kreyòl, sa vle “izaj vyolans ak menas pou entimide e fòse moun fè sa w vle yo fè, espesyalman pou rezon politik.”

Si yon moun gen pwoblèm avèk definisyon sa a, n ap mande l pou l ekri sit entènèt la pou l ka eksprime dezakò l avèk yo. E lè l ap fè sa a, fò k li pa bliye gen bòn definisyon mo a nan men l pou l ka bay yo li. Si l pa ka fè sa, n ap di l pou l ale bay chat li mal, paske se tan moun li soti pou l gaspiye pou granmesi.

Lè n baze sou definisyon mo teworis la, ke Dictionary.com bay nou an, èske Lavalas yo pa fè izaj vyolans ak menas kont moun ki pa kanpe nan menm kan politik avèk yo pou yo ka enpoze volonte politik yo sou moun sa yo? Wi, yo fè sa vre. Men kèlke ekzanp n ap bay ou pou n ka byen kore agiman nou an:

  1. Lè Jean-Bertrand Aristide te fin prete sèman kòm prezidan nan jou ki te 27 Septanm 1991 la, nan diskou envestiti li a, misye kanpe devan Palè a, devan kamera laprès nasyonal ak entènasyonal ak devan konbyen milye moun ki t ap gade l pou l ap glorifye Pèlebren… pou l ap di teworis Lavalas li yo ke lè yo kenbe yon Makout, se pou yo pa neglije bay li sa l merite. Misye menm ale pli lwen pou l di ki jan Pèlebren se yon bèl zouti, yon ti bagay ki santi bon.
  2. Jou ki te 7 Novanm 2016 la ki sot pase a, nou te wè ankò menm Jean-Bertrand Aristide sa a ki kanpe devan yon gwoup teworis Lavalas parèy li pou l ap di yo pou yo fè dechoukaj ak kraze brize si eleksyon 20 Novanm yo pa ta arive fèt.
  3. Eske nou pa t jwenn Andre Michel, yon lidè teworis Lavalas, nan tèt yon manifestasyon kraze brize Lavalas ki t ap di ke “Sèl jan pou yo ta mete Jovenel prezidan an Ayiti, se lè nou ta fin redwi peyi a an sann, e sou sann nan n ap konbat yo?”
  4. Nan lane 2015-2016 yo, Lavalas yo te pran lari pou yo te dechouke Prezidan Martelly. Yo te fè manifestasyon kraze brize prèske chak semèn pou y ap kraze e boule machin moun, boule biznis prive moun ak krabinen moun ak kout wòch. 

Nou te ka bay plis ekzanp toujou wi, men, paske nou pa vle twò long, n ap kanpe la pou kounyè a. Ekzanp sa yo ke nou bay yo, se pa nou menm non k ap envante yo. Epi pou yon moun ap di ke nou ekzajere lè nou idantifye Lavalas kòm yon òganizasyon teworis? Se pa nou menm non ki rele yo teworis la… se zak y ap poze nan sosyete a wi ki di se sa yo ye. Nou ka sispann rele yo teworis demen maten wi si yo vle, mwayennan ke yo chwazi pou yo aji kòm moun ki sivilize, ki voye vyolans jete pou yo anbrase deba kontraditwa ak respè ak tolerans ke yo dwe a moun ki pa kanpe nan menm kan avèk yo. Lè sa a , n ap premye moun k ap vini isit la, k ap ekri piblikman ke Lavalas se yon òganizasyon sivilize ki gen moun sivilize e eklere ladan l, k ap pratike yon politik ki fè fyète yo e fyète tout Ayisyen alawonnbadè. Men si yo pa ka fè sa a tou, yo fèk tanmen ap tande nou k ap rele yo teworis.

 

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Haiti: Aristide Has Called for Violent Street Protests or “Dechoukaj” If Scheduled November 20 Elections Are Aborted

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Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide

The other day, as I was scrolling down my news feed on Facebook, I stumbled on this video clip of Jean-Bertrand Aristide campaigning alongside Maryse Narcisse, the presidential candidate for his Fanmi Lavalas Party, in which he is calling for “dechoukaj” [in English: violent street protests] in the event that his Lavalas associates in power fail to hold the scheduled November 20 elections.

That was very irresponsible on his part, being that he is a former president, someone who is expected to take the high road on the burning issues affecting our everyday lives.

I want to tell this man that we have enough of his politics of violence. The country cannot take another wave of “dechoukaj” and “kraze brize.” Ever since I know him, violence has always been his signature politics. His incitation to violence is proof that he has not evolved a notch.

Should his Lavalas associates continue to hold on to the people’s power illegally if they fail to organize the elections? Absolutely not. But we do not need a wave of “dechoukaj,” as Aristide is suggesting, to solve that problem.

Why should we always have to recourse to violence to make our voices heard? What has happened to the idea of holding peaceful protests in a democracy?

If his Lavalas associates in power fail to hold the elections, I am calling on the country’s social, political, religious and business forces to come together to propose the way forward to a peaceful transfer of power –to ask Jocelerm Privert, the country’s de facto president, and his cronies to get their grips off the people’s power so Judge Mecene Jean-Louis of the Supreme Court could take the leadership of the country with the ultimate mandate of closing the chapter of the overdue elections.

The country has had enough in the past few years –earthquake, hurricanes, floods, etc… –for this man to be inciting violence. Just last month, we got hit by a devastating hurricane, leaving the entire Southern peninsula in shambles. Yet, this defrocked priest could not find anything better to do with himself but to incite his followers to violent protests. He ought to be ashamed of himself.

Aristide represents everything that is not good for our country, everything that is keeping us in this state of lawlessness, instability and socioeconomic deprivation. We need to repudiate his politics of violence once and for all. After 30 years of the Lavalas anarchic philosophy, we say enough is enough. Now is the time for civility and tolerance in our political discourse. Now is the time to rebuild, not destroy. 

ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN A FREE MARKET ECONOMY

Some, if not most, in our society are very confused when it comes to the role government must assume in a free market economy. There is a reason why it is called “free market economy.” It is called so because government must not dictate the course the economy should take. When you have government controlling and/or interfering in the course the economy should or must take, then we have an economy that ceases to be free.

The role of government in this type of economy is to guarantee the fluidity and complete functioning of the world of business. That is so easy to say. But how can government make that possible? That’s where the bulk of the challenge lies.

Government makes possible the fluidity and functioning of the business world by enacting and implementing laws/policies that could guarantee the rights of the individuals to own properties and have these rights secured and respected. Also, government must strengthen the institutions that could guarantee the security of the physical aspect of all private investments in a stable political climate.

There is no doubt that government alone cannot make an economy work for the betterment of all its citizens. It does need to partner with a progressive private sector (watch the emphasis put on the word progressive) to make that happen.

Government must not position itself as the ultimate competitor, which, sadly, is and has long been the case in Haiti, our beloved country. When you have government -whose primary job is to guarantee a safe environment suitable for business -competing against the private sector, the market tends to become unfair, which in itself is a detriment to economic development and progress.

It is imperative that government guarantee a secure and politically stable playing field where all the players in the economy can play freely within the realm of fairness and dignity.

What we need to keep in mind is that business people are like migratory birds. They would build their nets and lay their heads wherever they can find their peace of mind to operate, without having to be reminded of the possibility of their investments being ransacked. So when you have a volatile political climate -where any unexpected thing can happen at any given time, which may put in jeopardy the security and good operation of private investments -then you have a situation that cannot synchronize itself with the expectations of the private investors. What will happen next? That’s when you start seeing private investors leaving the economy for places where the security of their investments can be guaranteed, creating an anemic economy.

We need to do more to attract private investments from foreigners and Haitian natives living in the country and in the Diaspora. Money is just as important to the economy as blood is to the human body. No economy can survive without money circulating in it.

I’ve said this before and I am going to say it again –this time I am going to say it louder so it can finally register in the carcass of your heads. THE ERA OF “DECHOUKAJ,” “KRAZE BRIZE,” KIDNAPPING, INTOLERANCE AND LAWLESSNESS MUST BE OVER!!!!! These practices have not produced positive results for the country as a whole and the economy in particular. We have been doing “dechoukaj” and “kraze brize” since 1804, the year our nation was officially created, what have we gained? I can tell you that we have not benefited anything positive. Instead, we are progressing backward.

So, what is the job of government in a free market economy? It is to make sure that the democratic and institutional structures are in place and strong to guarantee a stable political environment and a strong economy. That’s when we’ll start seeing investments coming in, and we will be able to keep the ones that are already in the economy. Needless to say that security and political stability are paramount.