3' x 5' oil on canvas
Haitians are continually protesting the corruption of the government which came to power via a corrupt election process approved by the US and international community in both 2010 and 2015.
Peasants from Hinche are part of these protests.
For more info about the issues impacting Haiti's 99% read "A Call for Solidarity from Haiti's Popular Movement,' made available through the solidarity work of Haiti Action of Oakland, Oregon.
...Six years after the earthquake that jolted the country, causing the death of hundreds of thousands of Haitian, we Haitian organizations, in the context of reflection, take our hats off and humbly say to the people all over the planet who opened their hearts to us, “we have not forgotten your acts of solidarity.” The sharing impulse manifested by people the world over, should have helped the Haitian people to rebuild their environment, rebuild their lives. Pity! To this day, the people’s lot has not changed. Adding insult to injury, shameless characters, local slave owners, empowered by various international organizations, hijacked the reconstruction funds.
Right after the earthquake, the internationals took advantage of our momentary state of helplessness to occupy the political space.Today,the Haitian people are engaged in an all out struggle to reclaim that space and to exercise their right to vote. The very ones who hijacked the reconstruction money want to prevent the people from choosing their government, in a wide scale conspiracy to continue the looting of the country’s resources. Subsequent to many schemes designed to remove the people from the political equation, local colonialists joined forces with international colonialists to force the people to accept choices against their best interests. Illegitimate officials implemented urban removal plans and land grabs, assaulting both the middle-class as well as the poorer classes, putting the country on the brink of collapse. The people’s resistance slowed down the “terror apparatus,” preventing it from completing this program. Now they want to put more false officials at the helm of the government to continue their assault.
...Today, confronted by the danger presented by local and international colonialists, the Haitian people have started a RESISTANCE FOR EXISTENCE movement. They ask for people to people solidarity from everywhere on the planet. The local and international colonialists plan is not an earthquake, yet it has caused far more damage to the country.
-A Call for Solidarity from Haiti's Popular Movement, Haiti Action