Sunday, June 21, 2009

photos - jean juste funeral

As a symbolic gesture Father Jean Juste's casket was laid in front of the gates of the Palais National. He was considered a "champion of the people".The casket was then loaded onto a hearse and traveled to Cavaillon for burial. These photos were taken from the internet.

The UN is helping to provide security to the country but I think that they should have kept at a distance for the funeral and let the Haitian police be in the front.

Brazilian soldiers arrested one of the people at the funeral. Rocks were thrown at the soldiers and they then shot in the air.

In the chaos after the shooting, a man was found on the ground with a wound to the head. In anger the people who were at the funeral carried the body to the gates of the Palais National and left him there. Police later removed his body and brought it to the morgue. Rocks were thrown and several vehicles had their windows broken by the angry people. The UN announced the next day that this man died of a wound to the head caused by an object like a rock.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

U.N. denials in Haiti

by Kevin Pina

Haitian priest Father Gerard Jean-Juste, a symbol of strength, courage and leadership to a great many, was to be laid to rest by his family, friends and supporters on June 18. Few expected the solemn occasion would be transformed into confusion and terror as U.N. forces opened fire towards Haiti’s national cathedral following the arrest of one of the mourners. A victim of a single gunshot wound to the head would be discovered moments later. Witnesses say his body writhed and convulsed struggling with the inevitable as blood slowly formed a crimson background around his head.

Jean-Juste would probably not be surprised by the shooting given that he was a leader of Lavalas and this was after all a Lavalas funeral. He would most likely recall many other instances of human rights abuses committed against Lavalas where the U.N. was complicit or directly involved. He would often criticize the U.N. mission in Haiti for killing unarmed civilians in Cite Soleil and for training the Haitian police as they regularly shot up peaceful demonstrations, performed summary executions and falsely arrested Lavalas supporters following the ouster of Aristide in Feb. 2004. Jean-Juste more than most, would understand that this incident is but one more in a long list of violent offenses committed against the movement of the majority of the poor in Haiti as part of the U.N.’s current experiment in political landscaping.