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Violent ‘Cholera Protests’ Spread In Haiti

From a conflicted Associated Press:

Violent cholera protests spread to Haiti’s capital

By Jonathan M. Katz, Associated Press Fri Nov 19, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haitians angry over the cholera epidemic ignored exhortations from health workers to stop violence that is disrupting treatment efforts, and authorities feared more unrest in the capital Friday.

Violence spread into Port-au-Prince for the first time Thursday after three days of upheaval in the country’s north. Protesters threw rocks at U.N. peacekeepers, attacked foreigners’ cars, blocked roads with burning tires, and toppled light poles.

The upheaval over a cholera outbreak that has killed more than 1,100 people comes just days before national elections planned for Nov. 28. U.N. officials argue that the violence is being encouraged by forces that want to disrupt the ballot, and some demonstrators Thursday threw rocks at an office of President Rene Preval’s Unity party and tore down campaign posters.

But the anger is fueled by suspicions that a contingent of Nepalese soldiers brought cholera with them to Haiti and spread the disease from their rural base into the Artibonite River system, where the initial outbreak was centered last month. It is a suspicion shared by some prominent global health experts.

Cholera had not been recorded before in Haiti despite rampant bad sanitation and poor access to drinking water, problems that cause outbreaks of the disease in other parts of the world. Cholera is endemic to Nepal and there was an upsurge there before the Nepalese troops came to Haiti.

Experts have not pinpointed the origin of Haiti’s epidemic, however, and the 12,000-member U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, or MINUSTAH, denies responsibility

Imagine, the UN denying responsibility for something.

Standing before the thick black smoke of blazing tires Thursday, protesters in Port-au-Prince yelled "We say no to MINUSTAH and no to cholera." Some carried signs reading "MINUSTAH and cholera are twins." The windows of several cars belonging to the United Nations and to humanitarian groups were broken.

"It’s not only that (the U.N. peacekeepers) have to leave but the cholera victims must get paid (damages)," said Josue Meriliez, one of the demonstrators

It’s always about reparations.

Aid workers, including U.N. humanitarian agencies that are structurally separate from the peacekeeping force, have been calling for calm, saying the violence is hampering efforts to treat the tens of thousands of people stricken with cholera.

The disease had spread to Haiti’s national prison in Port-au-Prince, International Red Cross spokesman Marcal Izard said Friday in Geneva.

Izard said 30 inmates have been infected with the diarrheal disease and 10 have died in the past four days. The prison holds 2,000 inmates, or about a quarter of Haiti’s total prison population

They can’t even make the prisoners wash their hands?

What a country.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Violent ‘Cholera Protests’ Spread In Haiti”

  1. BigOil says:

    There is one thing you can count on with the UN – they will leave a path of destruction in their wake.

    To think the Democrats want to turn our sovereignty over to this bunch…although the UN may actually be more competent.

  2. JS says:

    Cholera is caused by poor sanitation. Considering the Haitian people think troops from other countries brought the disease with them only demonstrates why a disease of the Dark Ages still runs rampant through their country.

    Boil your freakin’ water you asshats.


  3. Astravogel says:

    At least they do have an excellent sign painter…

  4. canary says:

    The best translation I could get on the one sign’s entire message having noticed “sin” is “Ayitti wants to live free without sin and cholera. There are those in the world that believe disasters come from their sin. God is punishing them. Still, the sign is clear about Minustha.

    The earthquake caused a lot of climatic conditions that might have led to the cholera. Fear of primitive countries the white man brings not only human diseases, but if their crops die, or there’s a drought they blame it on sin against their God and kill the missionary and put his head on a totem pole.

    Or is it, just as many scientists gave their opinion New Orleans should not have rebuilt in the spot where so much sewage went into water, into the earth, into houses, etc.

    Didn’t New Orleans just have a pipe break and they’ve been boiling water the last few days.
    I noticed one of the controversy subjects our youth drew numbers from was if New Orleans should have been rebuilt in the same place.

    Look at Indonesia after their hurricane did not want Christian ministries aiding them. Better for a muslim to die than take food from infidels.

  5. Curmudgeon says:

    Sin generally means “without” in Spanish.

  6. Chuckk says:

    If you sent 10 billion to Haiti, not one person’s life would be improved, except for those stealing the money. Hati needs to be written off as a failure of humanity.

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