Haïti dévasté par un tremblement de terre


Communiqué de l’organisation brésilienne Conlutas (Coordination Nationale des Luttes), Sao Paulo, 13 janvier. (Traduit avec l’aide de la version espagnole d’E. Herrera).

La solidarité de classe est une urgente nécessité

Hier 12 janvier un tremblement de terre de niveau 7 a dévasté Haïti. L’ampleur peut en être vue sur des photos diffusées par la presse. Selon le Centre d’Études Géologiques des États-Unis (USGS), le tremblement de terre est arrivé à 16h53 heure locale. La capitale Port-au-Prince est dévastée. On ne connait pas précisément le nombre de victimes. Selon la Croix-Rouge jusqu’à 3 millions de personnes ont été affectées par le tremblement de terre. Selon des spécialistes, c’est le plus grand tremblement des 200 dernières années dans le pays.
La situation dans les quartiers les plus pauvres est très grave. Les communications ont été en grande partie coupées. Il n’y a plus d’électricité dans plusieurs villes (…) Il y a des décombres dans toute la capitale, Port-au-Prince, qui qu’empêchent la circulation des véhicules. La majorité des édifices se sont  effondrés. Les baraques et les maisons précaires n’ont pas résisté au tremblement de terre. Le principal hôpital s’est aussi effondré, compliquant davantage les secours aux blessés. Le tremblement  de terre a causé des incendies dans quelques localités, l’Université de Port-au-Prince a été concernée et il y a des gens sous les décombres.
Le plus gros problème est la logistique, la difficulté d’accès pour les sauveteurs. C’est un pays qui souffre déjà beaucoup de la pauvreté qui se trouve dévasté, un pays qui n’est pas  armé pour affronter de grandes catastrophes. Les images de la presse montrent les gens dans les rues, désemparés et blessés.
Conlutas manifeste sa solidarité au peuple haïtien confronté à la catastrophe arrivée dans la journée d’hier.

Pour autant, nous ne pouvons cesser d’exiger la fin immédiate de l’occupation militaire étrangère, qui assassine aussi le peuple haïtien. Nous exigeons du gouvernement Lula qu’il annule les dépenses militaires du Brésil consacrées à l’occupation d’Haïti, et reverse ces dépenses pour l’aide humanitaire si nécessaire en ce moment.
Conlutas s’est mise en contact avec Batay Ouvriye et d’autres organisations d’Haïti, pour savoir quelles mesures concrètes on peut prendre pour aider le peuple haïtien.

Nous convoquons les syndicats et organisations de travailleurs de notre pays qui sont mobilisés, en vue de recueillir des secours qui peuvent être envoyés aux organisations de travailleurs d’Haïti, dans un exercice concret de solidarité de classe.

8 Réponses to “Haïti dévasté par un tremblement de terre”

  1. Arielle Leclerc-Fortin Says:

    Nous allons vous envoyer de l’argent d’içi quelque jours!
    Ne lâchez pas! Et soyez fort!


  2. lucien Says:

    Les syndicats Batay Ouvriye (Haïti), Conlutas (Brésil) et COB (Bolivie) ont lancé en 2008 une coordination latino-américaine et caraïbe des luttes: http://www.elac.org.br


  3. lucien Says:

    Article publié sur le site du Parti socialiste de Grande-Bretagne:

    Haiti – An Un-natural Disaster

    The earthquake in Haiti and similar misfortunes are presented as unavoidable natural disasters. To some extent, this is true. But it ignores the consequences of the deliberate pursuit of profit at the expense of environmental protection. It is not a coincidence that the number of victims of recent disasters such as the Asian tsunami and the Katrina hurricane and now Haiti are clearly related to the degree of their poverty.

    The reality with earthquakes is they kill only if we let them. They are inevitable, but the death toll is not.

    It is collapsing buildings that take lives, not tremors in the ground. Throughout the animal kingdom, creatures have adapted to survive in their surroundings, but in our environment, where earthquakes are a fact of life, though nature challenges us to do something to protect ourselves, capitalism compels us to surrender safety to monetary profits and savings. No matter how severe earthquakes are, if buildings were properly built in the first place, then the vast majority of people would survive. This does not happen under capitalism, particularly in poorer countries, since the unavoidable pressure to make and save money affects what does, or more importantly, does not happen. There are pressures to build quickly and slapdashly to meet housing needs by landless labourers forced by poverty to find work in urban areas; inferior materials and construction methods are used in accordance with market forces, with poor people getting poorly-built homes; building inspectors are persuaded by politicians or back-handers to ignore breaches of rules so that businesses get the cheap employees they want and workers get hovels they can afford; landowners lobby governments, hand over party « donations » or resort to simple bribery to have new housing built on their land, even if it is unsuitable or downright dangerous. With, moneyless, socialism human needs and safety come second to nothing.

    Though seismologists don’t know precisely where or when earthquakes may strike, general areas of risk are identifiable. In a socialist society, how we respond to this information would be very different. There would be far greater freedom for those in danger to move to safer areas—action under capitalism that can involve huge financial losses from writing off unsafe homes, shifting businesses to where workers then live, adapting that region’s infrastructure to aid in exploiting the new workforce etc. And those who, for whatever reason, chose to reside in seismic zones, they would then have access to the best buildings capable of withstanding the most powerful of quakes. Although Japanese and Californian architects have designed “active buildings”, some on top of massive rubber shock absorbers or with computerised counterbalancing systems that identify and counteract seismic shocks, what’s the likelihood of such sophisticated technology being used under capitalism on multi-storey dwellings in poverty-stricken areas for workers on subsistence wages? Using superior designs, building methods and materials, there is no reason why populated areas should suffer any loss of life or major disruption after experiencing very powerful quakes.

    The surviving victims of the disaster in Haiti need food, fresh water, clothing, medication and many other items. Some of those needs are being met, but not nearly enough. Governments of the richer countries have offered niggardly help. Ordinary citizens, appalled by the extent of the tragedy as revealed by the media, have responded generously to appeals by the charities.In times of natural disasters volunteers are never lacking, nor slow to offer assistance, whether practical or monetary.Humans are endowed with the ability to sympathise and empathise with their fellow humans. Humans derive great pleasure from doing good, are at their best when faced with the worst and will go to extraordinary lengths to help alleviate the suffering of others.
    Most natural dangers are well known and socialism would not need to leave communities exposed to them. This would avoid many disasters. Also, contingency plans would exist throughout the regions and at a world level for the relief of any catastrophe. Emergency supplies of food, clean water, medical supplies would be maintained at strategic points whilst machinery, equipment and helpers would be moved quickly to the area of crisis. The present appeals for money are a pathetic substitute for the availability of real resources and the freedom that communities in socialism would have to immediately use them.

    We have access to more comprehensive information and news coverage about world disasters than any previous generation of humans, and yet it appears that people don’t feel driven to bring about an end to such catastrophes. It seems our society has been influenced to believe that nothing can be done. That big death tolls from quakes, volcanoes or droughts are inevitable. What efforts do the media make to change this, by explaining both capitalism’s culpability and socialism’s solutions? If people don’t understand, then all there will be are yet more channel-changing « Not-another-disaster. There’s-nothing-I-can-do  » indifference.

    Max Hess and Alan Johnstone



  4. lucien Says:

    Voir aussi Le FMI, shylock d’Haïti


  5. lucien Says:

    Emergency Relief and Solidarity needed for Haiti
    Communiqué des I.W.W., 17 janvier 2010

    A devastating 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti Tuesday January 12th. Thousands have been killed, and much Port au Prince leveled. This follows a series of deadly hurricanes in late 2008, and decades of foreign-influenced economic terrorism, culminating in a US-led coup in 2004, and continuing UN occupation. Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, is the only country to successfully liberate itself from slavery and the former colonial masters have not let them forget. Most people live on less than $2 a day, and many on less than $1. In April 2008 representatives of the ISC participated in an IWW delegation to Haiti where they met with workers and peasants struggling against neo-liberal slavery. We pledged our continued support to their struggle, and FW’s donated generously to support their organizing, and again for aid following the hurricanes. Currently communications with Haiti are nearly impossible, but no doubt they will need our help again.

    The delegation made a short video about our trip, « Haiti’s Tourniquet » which we’re selling for $15 (includes shipping) to raise money for our comrades in Haiti, and any donations large or small are greatly appreciated.

    You can purchase videos and send donations to: Nathaniel Miller, PO Box 31909, Philadelphia, PA 19104– please mark checks « IWW Haiti Fund, » and note if you want a video. Contact nathaniel@iww.org to arrange online payment, or for other questions.


  6. Haïti: Appel à la Solidarité (Batay Ouvriye) « La Bataille socialiste Says:

    […] Appel à la Solidarité (Batay Ouvriye) By lucien Le tremblement de terre du 12 janvier 2010 à Port-au-Prince, Haïti, nous a lourdement frappé au niveau des masses […]


  7. Rondy Rene Says:

    Haiti a vraiment besoin d’aide….


  8. felix magdala Says:

    haiti avait besoin beaucoup aide


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