(eng) ANTIFA INFO-BULLETIN, Supplement 23

Tom Burghardt (tburghardt@igc.apc.org)
Sat, 6 Apr 1996 09:09:40 +0200

irrefutable sign of what is happening in Sweden, where
authorities resist to abide by international laws protecting the
right to asylum.

Editors Note: This text was reproduced, with some editing, from
the article Dick Emanuelsson published in the "Liberation"
magazine of June 23, 1995. Passages in quotation marks and most
of the text shown here come from the mentioned author.

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** Topic: This Week in Haiti 14:1 3/27/96 **
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"This Week in Haiti" is the English section of HAITI PROGRES
newsweekly. For information on other news in French and Creole,
please contact the paper at (tel) 718-434-8100, (fax)
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"Le journal qui offre une alternative"


March 27 - April 2, 1996
Vol. 14 No. 1


"I am not going to get into any ideological debate on
privatization," declared President Rene Preval as his North
American tour passed through Montreal, Canada last week-end.
Ironically, Preval had been waging all week a fierce ideological
campaign to convince the Haitian people that they had no choice
but to accept privatization, and accept it gratefully. "We are
convinced that the private sector is a better administrator than
the state," he announced in an interview with the Voice of
America on Mar. 21.

To convince his audiences, Preval points dramatically to the
grave economic woes besetting Haiti, which are a secret to no
one. "We are in a state of bankruptcy, ok?" Preval said
petulantly to his mostly Haitian audience in Canada on Mar. 23.
"The bank says it will lend you money but you have to be able to
pay back the money... To pay back the money, it is necessary that
the public enterprises are not showing a deficit, and to not show
a deficit, you have to privatize them." The logic is simple: only
private capitalists have the "know-how" and capital to run
Haiti's key industries effectively. State-run enterprises always
lose money.

Of course, nothing could be further from the truth, as was proven
under the administration of none other than Rene Preval himself,
when he was acting as President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's first
prime minister from February to September 1991. For example,
within the 4 months from February to May 1991, the cement plant
was able to turn a 4.51 million gourde net loss into an estimated
100,000 gourde net profit. The flour mill went from losing 2.76
million gourdes in February to making 2.13 million gourdes in
April 1991. Ironically, these are among the first 4 public
enterprises being put on the auction block by Preval, along with
the electric authority, EDH, and the telephone company, Teleco.

Foreign investors are particularly interested in the crown jewel
of Haiti's state enterprises, Teleco. It posted a $42 million
profit on revenues of $71 million in 1994 despite "a great deal
of embezzlement, waste and under-exploitation of services,"
according to a 1995 World Bank study. The same study admits that
Teleco could finance its own modernization, which would cost
about $200 million, at a rate of $20 million a year.

Despite such reports, Preval is prepared to accept and even
defend the selling of profitable and strategic enterprises like
Teleco. As justification, he points to Haiti's terrible financial
straits without ever explaining how exactly things got that way.
The problem began precisely with a gigantic borrowing spree by
dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier in the 1970s and 1980s to
supposedly build an infrastructure to attract and service
foreign, mainly US, investors. Duvalier and his cronies ended up
embezzling close to $1 billion of the loans, with the full
knowledge of the lenders. After the 1986 overthrow of the
Duvalier regime, ensuing Haitian governments made several futile
attempts to recoup the stolen millions from bank accounts and
property sprinkled around the globe. Due to the disinterest or
connivance from the US government and high finance, the crooks
were all allowed to keep their ill-gotten fortunes. Duvalier fled
on a U.S. military plane to France with about $800 million tucked

Meanwhile, the Haitian people were told to pay off - and they are
still paying off - the giant debt incurred by Duvalier and his
neo-Duvalierist successors. In fact, the many millions of dollars
of grants given to Haiti shortly after Aristide's restoration in
1994 went almost entirely to pay off debt interest which had
accumulated without payment during the 3 years of the coup

Renouncing Duvalier's debt would be a good first step to re-
establishing Haiti's solvency, not borrowing more. "The state
should stop servicing its debt," opined the Collective against
the IMF and World Bank in a statement which proposed many
alternatives to neo-liberal reforms this week. "The state should
invest in national production for local consumption the 800
million gourdes taken to service the debt this year."

Many other popular organizations issued statements of outrage at
Preval's privatization offensive. The women's organization SOFA
expressed its "great indignation to see President Preval entering
headlong, without looking back, into a neo-liberal policy." SOFA
asked if Preval's "talk about national production wasn't just
sugar to help the people swallow the horse medicine of

The Popular Assembly of the Southeast Department (APDSD), a
regional branch of the National Popular Assembly (APN), declared
that "Preval converted himself into a bigger broker for U.S.
imperialism than Jean Claude Duvalier and [Marc] Bazin when he
decided to liquidate all the state enterprises and give them to
the rapacious private sector so as to please the World Bank and

Preval has indeed tried to please the international lending
institutions by pursuing the classic neo-liberal formulas
prescribed by the U.S. government. "Haiti will go forward without
hesitation in the process of privatization," Haitian Finance
Minister Fred Joseph told an audience of businessmen on Mar. 22
in Washington at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation
(OPIC), an arm of the US State Department's Agency for
International Development (AID) which encourages U.S.
corporations to invest in poor Third World countries to take
advantage of ultra-cheap labor. Preval listened to Joseph's
statements, and the businessmen's applause, with satisfaction and

But Preval and his crew better wait a bit longer before they cry
victory. The Haitian people have been managing to foil the real
application of the "American plan" since 1986. Most Haitians are
not going to let a decade of struggle and 3 years of resistance
to the coup d'etat, which was neo-liberalism's opening salvo, be
traded away during a 5-day junket to Washington and Canada.

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Date: Wed, 27 Mar 1996 01:10:25 +0100
From: Michael Rutzou <Michael_Rutzou@dialog.dk>
Organization: Red Youth Denmark
Subject: UN: Stop danish Nazi-Radio

The United Nations race discrimination-committee has declared
that Denmark is breaking the United Nations Convention article 4
by permitting the Nazi party DNSB to broadcast at their own local
radio station and further more allowing a nazi

The local authorities said "no" to the nazi-radio, but the
goverment and the Minister of Culture interfered and granted the

Danish anti-nazi movments are working hard to stop the nazi-radio
(one way or the other) and to force the Danish goverment to
comply with the international laws and decent humanity - and ban
the Nazi party.

More information at:

The Peoples Movement Against Nazism - FMN
Bakketoppen 21
3450 Alleroed

phone: +045 48 14 29 72
fax: +045 48 14 29 26

or at the email-adresses below.

{Editor's note: AFIB assumes the comrade meant the e-mail
address above, since no other address was posted}


Date: Sun, 31 Mar 1996 06:56:13 -0800 (PST)
X-within-URL: http://www.usa.net/gtwork/today/wor100.html


Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea -- Raising fears of escalating unrest
before parliamentary elections, students waged street battles
with police in Seoul on Saturday for the second time this week.

Angered by the death of a student during a massive
anti-government demonstration Friday, thousands of students again
took to the streets, undeterred by the presence of as many riot

"Down with (President) Kim Young-sam!" about 4,000 students
chanted as they marched out of a Seoul campus. "Down with the
murderous regime!"

Some beat gongs and drums, or banged steel pipes on the wet

Running battles broke out after riot police checked the slow
march a block away and pushed it back toward the campus. Police
sprayed tear gas to repel students, who quickly regrouped and
punched and kicked the police.

Traffic along the eight-lane street was backed up for hours.
No serious injuries or arrests were reported.

The students claimed a brutal police crackdown led to the
death of a student protester Friday, when students clashed with
police at a rally protesting government corruption.

Roh Su-sok, 20, collapsed and was pronounced dead upon arrival
at hospital. The cause of death was not immediately known.

The death, the first of a student protester since President
Kim took office in early 1993, was likely to heighten
anti-government sentiment on campuses before April 11
parliamentary elections.

In Yonsei University, where Roh was a law major, students
wearing black ribbons burned incense and laid long-stemmed yellow
chrysanthemums before a framed portrait of Roh.

One student read a tribute to Roh as thousands of others stood
silently with bowed heads, many of them sobbing. Numerous
anti-government banners flapped under an overcast sky.

"An eye for an eye!" "Violence for violence!" some students
chanted as the ceremony ended and they began to march. A dozen
students tied their bodies with a chain to show their
determination to fight riot police.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Lee Su-sung ordered an immediate
investigation to determine the cause of Roh's death.

Students and police organized a medical team to conduct an
autopsy. The students had held Roh's body, demanding the
government guarantee a fair autopsy.

Ten thousand students came out for the rally Friday, one of
the most violent in months. Dozens of demonstrators were beaten
with clubs and dragged along the wet pavement by police, who
fired hundreds of volleys of tear gas. About 200 demonstrators
were arrested and released, police said.

Television footage showed arrest squads launching a head-on
push and students tripping over each other in a mad rush to find
refuge amid the confusion of rain and foggy, acrid tear gas.

Students rounded up and beat several dozen police.

Students claim that Kim accepted questionable money for his
1992 election campaign and demand that he make his financial
records public. Kim denies the allegations.

Protesters were also angry over a 13.6-percent tuition hike at
many universities.


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Friday March 29 11:11 AM EST

Nine Rightists Guilty In S.Africa Bomb Blitz

JOHANNESBURG (Reuter) - Nine white right-wingers were found
guilty Friday of murdering 20 people in a bombing blitz aimed at
disrupting South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994.

Four of them are still on the run after escaping from prison
earlier this month.

There was no immediate reaction from Eugene Terre Blanche,
leader of the neo-Nazi Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB), who
was at the Rand Supreme Court in Johannesburg to hear the
verdicts. Most of those convicted are members of the AWB.

Four rightists, among 18 who had been accused of the
pre-election bombings, were cleared of all charges. The
remainder, including those found guilty of murder, were also
convicted of possessing arms and explosives.

They will be sentenced Monday.

Bombers struck in the center of Johannesburg, the capital's
international airport and towns around the city in a failed
attempt to halt the April 1994 elections, won by President Nelson
Mandela's African National Congress (ANC).

White supremacists had pledged to resist the dawn of black
rule after decades of government by the National Party, which
created and then dismantled apartheid.


Date: Sun, 31 Mar 1996 20:06:08 -0800
From: pinknoiz@ccnet.com (Bob Gonsalves)
Subject: Canada official reports military coverup

Canada official reports military coverup

UPI 3/27/96

OTTAWA, March 27 (UPI) - Canada's information commissioner
concluded in a new report Wednesday that documents were
deliberately altered as part of a military cover-up following the
beating deaths of two Somali teens by Canadian peacekeepers in

John Grace said military documents requested by CBC Radio were
doctored on a computer before they were released.

"Alteration was achieved by blocking and deleting on a micro-
computer and then closing the remaining portions to give the
appearance of a complete, unaltered record," Grace wrote in his

Grace also concluded that military officers ordered the
destruction of the original documents to keep their actions

"The deception might never have come to light because
officials... gave clear and direct orders to destroy all original
versions," he said.

However, the order to destroy documents "was thwarted by a number
of vigilant, courageous and honorable employees."

Grace said his two-month investigation into the coverup cleared
Canada's top general, Chief of Staff John Boyle, of any

"The investigation has satisfied me that General Boyle had no
knowledge of nor was he involved in the scheme to alter
documents," the information commissioner said.

Grace called on Defense Minister David Collenette to take action
against officers who were involved in the coverup.

But Collenette, who has ordered a massive inquiry into the entire
Somalia scandal, was non-committal.

"We welcome the report of the information commissioner, and
indeed, his findings and the facts in his report are consistent
with those that have been revealed in the military police
investigations," Collenette told the House of Commons.

Collenette said the issues raised by Grace had either already
been addressed or would be addressed in the near future.

The investigation by the information commissioner, an independent
officer of Parliament, is just the latest in the scandal that
started with the death of Ahmed Afraraho Aruush on March 4, 1993.

No investigation was undertaken at the time, but on March 17,
1993, another Somali civilian, Shidane Arone, was tortured and

When further evidence of brutality against Somalis surfaced a
military board of inquiry was launched. The inquiry was suspended
at the outset of the court martial trials of nine low-ranking

Only two soldiers went to jail.

After a series of shocking videos showing soldiers making racist
remarks in Somalia and engaging in bizarre initiation rites in
Canada were broadcast in January 1995, Collenette disbanded the
regiment and ordered a full public inquiry.

The Somali inquiry, headed by Justice Gilles Letourneau, began
last June, and with 70,000 documents before it, is not expected
to report for another year.

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