Threatening words from the Private Sector Economic Forum – reminders of Duvalierism

RETOUR AU DUVALIERISME! Interdiction de manifester

Menaces à peine voilés du Forum Economique du Secteur Privé

The events of December 10th and 11th in the Port-au-Prince Industrial Park are of extreme concern and serve as a call to all sectors of Haitian society.

For two days, individuals claiming to be from the Secteur Syndical, held 30,000 Haitian families hostage. Businesses were vandalized and employees were abused verbally and physically.

The Constitution and the laws of our country recognize and guarantee our citizens with rights and freedoms such as: right to strike, right to demonstrate, right to work and right to property.

The recognition and guarantee of these rights should not be thwarted by intimidation and violence.

Today, work was interrupted, orders were not followed and exports were suspended.

More than 30,000 employees have been directly affected not to mention the 40 to 60,000 employees who were affected indirectly.

All efforts to attract foreign investors to come and take risks in Haiti and to create permanent employment for a population in desperate need will have been for naught.

This situation, created by armchair revolutionaries and manipulative politicians, gives the advantage to our foreign competitors, who will win back the orders that cannot be fulfilled by factories in the metropolitan region.

The Haitian Nation and State must not tolerate these troublemakers!

The Forum Economique du Secteur Privé urges the Haitian Government to take all necessary measures to enable the resumption of work while ensuring the safety of employees and factories. Public policy must be put in motion against these “thugs” and their sponsors.

The Forum invites all concerned sectors to the Social Dialogue in a spirit of calmness and serenity. Violence and chaos will engender nothing but unemployment and poverty. Let us work together to put in place an attractive business climate while protecting and guaranteeing existing and respectable jobs in order to attract investments that will create new and profitable employment.”


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