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Haiti - 217th Battle of Vertière : Extracts from the speech of Jovenel Moïse
19/11/2020 08:59:08

Haiti - 217th Battle of Vertière : Extracts from the speech of Jovenel Moïse
Wednesday, November 18, as part of the 217th anniversary of the Battle of Vertières, President Jovenel Moïse accompanied by his wife Martine Première, Prime Minister Prime Jouthe Joseph and government ministers, in memory of our ancestors, made a floral offering in front of the restored monument dedicated to Jean Jacques Dessalines, located on the west facade of the National Palace, in front of a Champs de Mars completely secured by the police and the army to avoid the disruption of the ceremony by the radical opposition.

After a moment of contemplation, the presidential couple returned to the National Palace for the official ceremonies, during which the Head of State delivered a speech to the Nation, from which we share with you a few extracts on the President's vision of this famous battle.

Extracts from the speech at the National Palace of President Moïse :

"[...] The Battle of Vertière is the source of our independence. All the Generals joined with all the soldiers, all the bare foot in forcing the settlers and the French army to back down. Today, it is the same line of force that must guide us to eliminate poverty, insecurity and injustice [...]

What do we see 217 years later ? It is true that we will no longer receive a boost from the settlers. It is true that we no longer have chains on our feet. But we are still slaves to the hatred, division, conflict, misery, social injustice, insecurity that prevent us from taking the path of true economic, social and political development.

The battle of Vertière did not take place, only for 217 years later, Haitians live without electricity. The Battle of Vertière will lose its meaning if 217 years later, measures to teach the population to read and write are not taken [...] The Battle of Vertière was not aimed at favoring a small group of people to the detriment of the vast majority Population.

[..] The battle of Vertière was not made to force millions of Haitians to leave the country to live abroad with great nostalgia. The battle of Vertière was not made so that the mother law of the country excludes millions of Haitians from the political affairs of their country.

The battle of Vertière was not made to have all these exclusions and divisions.

The battle of Vertière took place so that the entire population had electricity at home 24 hours a day. The battle of Vertière was made to give all Haitians the right to hospitals, health centers, doctors, nurses and pharmacists to provide them with adequate care when they are sick.

The battle of Vertière was made for everyone to find justice, the unfortunate as well as the important people, black and white skined, urban and rural. The battle of Vertière was made to give students access to credit to create businesses [...]

The battle of Vertière took place, so that we had several hydroelectric dams [...] to irrigate our land and generate electricity to bring people out of the darkness [...]"


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