The Virtual World of Max Blancet
Reality in Haiti has little in common to the picture that Max would have you believe. The Haitian Darling of a few Bay Area liberals works overtime in spreading disinformation. This page will be continually updated--as Max is persistent in his quest to infiltrate every legitimate source of information that could lead to lasting progress for Haiti.
One of his favorite venues is the esteemed Corbett's List where has a long record
In the following article, the Radio Metropole coverage that was forwarded by Max is in RED and the commentary by K. M. Ives is in BLACK
Subject: Ives: Re: 17615: Blanchet: The Bicentennial According to Radio Metropole (fwd) Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2004 15:04:10 -0500
A quick look at Metropole's coverage:
The 200th Anniversary of Haiti's Independence was commemorated, this Thursday January 1, 2004, in an atmosphere of chaos in Port-au-Prince and Gonaïves.
Most of Haiti was peaceful and celebratory. The only chaos was in areas where the opposition was wreaking havoc. Its "demonstrators" went on a car burning and windshield smashing rampage in Port-au-Prince; in Gonaïves, they valiantly threw rocks and fired shots from behind houses at passing cars; and in Gros Morne, they attacked school buses filled with many women and children headed to Gonaïves, and then stoned and burned a police station from which most of the police had fled.
Anti-Aristide demonstrations repressed by the police, shooting almost everywhere in the capital and the City of Independence, many wounded by gunfire, such was the backdrop during this historic day.
No demonstration was "repressed by the police." The demonstrations were provocational, unruly and violent. The police responded with great restraint.
At the National Palace, in the presence of thousands of supporters,
more accurately, tens and tens of thousands of supporters,
President Aristide, after hoisting the flag with his wife at his side and following a cultural ceremony, renewed his determination to end his 5-year mandate on February 7 2006. Mr. Aristide, who cannot succeed himself, expressed the desire of his party, Fanmi Lavalas, to stay in power until 2015.
Baloney. Aristide never "expressed the desire of his party, Fanmi Lavalas, to stay in power until 2015." He spoke of goals for the year 2015, never specifying a party.
With this in mind, he presented a 21 point program to be financed with the $21 billion demanded of France as restitution for the debt of independence [paid by Haiti to France in the 19th and 20th century.] He also invited the opposition and Civil Society to participate in legislative elections this year.
Before that, the only foreign head of state present, Thabo Mbeki of South Africa,
An aside here. When they say head of state, most people think "the person that represents a nation through popular elections," i.e. the popularly agreed upon leader. Well, the head of state of the Bahamas is the Governor General appointed by Her Majesty. Not much hope there. PM Christie is the closest thing to the Bahamian leader.
had expressed his concerns regarding the current crisis and praised the Haitian Revolution, which showed the Black World the road to freedom on January 1, 1804. For his part, the PM of the Bahamas, Perry Christie, representing Caricom, expressed his pride in being in Haiti in spite of migration issues confronting the two countries. Maxime Waters, congresswoman from California representing the Black Caucus, stressed her friendship with Haiti.
As the head of state began to speak, thousands of demonstrators
many witnesses I have spoken to say that march numbered in the hundreds, but whatever...
of the opposition -- an event without precedent on January 1 -- took to the streets of Port-au-Prince at the behest of the Democratic Platform to ask for his resignation. Starting in Petion-Ville, they went down the Delmas road while voicing their determination to fight the Lavalas regime. As the demonstrators progressed, the crowd kept growing and the police decided to react.
In reality, the demonstrators tried to take the Nazon road, which was not their march route. Violation of the march route has now become the regular provocational tactic of the opposition.
At the corner of ruelle Nazon and Delmas road, national palace officers opened fire on the demonstrators. Moments later, agents of CIMO [Haiti's equivalent to a swat unit] intervened to block the way of >the demonstrators.
Ruelle Nazon then became a battle field. In response to the firing and tear gassing by the police, the demonstrators erected imposing barricades with stones and tires set aflame. The same scenario was repeated in Lalue, Bois-Verna, and Turgeau. In these neighborhoods, the GOH's followers were firing in all directions and engaging in a man hunt. At least 10 people were wounded, 3 of them by gunfire.
There were people with guns running and firing all over. It was impossible to know who were "GOH followers" and who were GOH opponents
In this atmosphere of chaos, President Aristide made a flash visit to Gonaïves where he made a brief speech in the presence of more than a thousand supporters who had come from neighboring areas.
First, it was a visit, not a flash one, that had been planned for months. Two, the speech was 25 minutes long... not exactly brief. Three, there were some 7000 celebrants in Gonaïves, with many more hanging at the perimeter of the Place due to their fear of the violence which the opposition had promised
In the City of Independence, no cultural, patriotic or cultural event was organized. The President's speech was delivered against a backdrop of sustained firing in the presence of President Mbeki who was visibly shaken according to Haitian and foreign reporters present at the scene.
THIS is the BEST part, which gives an inkling of how reliable the rest of the report is. President Mbeki DID NOT TRAVEL to Gonaïves.
The podium on which President Aristide was to speak had been smeared the night before with fecal matter.
This seems unlikely, since it was under guard.
Journalists report that the presidential cortege came under fire from elements affiliated with the Anti-Aristide Front [of Gonaïves] who then fought it out with Haitian officers backed by the South-African military.
This is invention. There was no attack. There was no Mbeki. There were no South African military.
Finally, President Aristide was able to return to the capital by helicopter. Following his departure, the police arrested many people but was unable to stop an anti-government demonstration.
During the day, many prisoners escaped from the national penitentiary in Port-au-Prince. In Gros-Morne, in the Artibonite, prisoners also escaped following the intervention of anti- government demonstrators who ransacked a police station. A demonstration calling for Aristide's ouster also took place in Jacmel.
I have spoken to many people who were in Jacmel that day. They said all was quiet and heard of no demonstration.
The Democratic Platform, which is comprised of students, Civil Society Organizations and opposition parties, will present its alternative to Lavalas tomorrow, the National Day honoring Haiti's Heroes.
Notice how they put the students up front. This "uprising" is being led by the bourgeoisie, financed by imperialism, fought by many former Macoutes and soldiers and hailed by reactionaries worldwide.
It should also be noted that many foreign correspondents use Metropole as their point of reference, uncritically re-disseminating their erroneous reports.
Most ironically, such media present themselves as "objective" when they are patently partisan
- used with permission by K. M. Ives