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Message of President Privert on Dessalines Day 2016

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Haiti Sentinel

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – October 17 is the official national holiday for the celebration of Jean-Jacques Dessalines but in recent years it has become increasingly controversial to hold commemoration ceremonies on the day that one of Haiti’s founding fathers and first head of state was assassinated rather than the day he was born, September 20.

Jean Jacques Dessalines
du monument de l’Empereur Jean Jacques Dessalines sur la Place d’Armes de la Ville de Gonaïves l

None the less, the President of the Republic, Jocelerme Privert, the First Lady, Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles, the presidents of the Parliament and other officials participated in the annual ceremonies of Dessalines Day. This included the placing of flowers at Pont-Rouge, the site of the Emporer’s assassination, and a visit to the National Pantheon Museum (MUNAPAH).

President Privert issued a statement for the 210th anniversary of the occasion:

On this Oct. 17, 2016, the commemoration of the death of Emperor Jean-Jacques Dessalines brings us to the memory of one of the darkest days of our history, at the same time it imposes a break of reflection and meditation on the events of our present and the misadventures of our free and independent people of destiny.

210 years ago, in fact, the Founding Father of the Fatherland was sacrificed by impious hands on the altar of his passion for freedom and equality, and independence gained on the battlefield, at the price a heroism that has no parallel in the whole world history. The flame of social justice that he wanted to walk around and implementing on the remains of structures and prejudices of the colonial era was extinguished at Red Bridge, in the ignominy of a parricide we do not perhaps have finished atone.

Because history remains an instrument of identification and unity, we collect piously this day to honor the memory of a matchless revolutionary, the memory of a martyr to the cause of the Haitian masses, loving freedom, equality and prosperity. The man was in his grandiose dream to see the land of Haiti belong, without exception, to all those who had risked their lives to free from the yoke of slavery and colonialism. For him, the abolition of the operating system inevitably entailed the elimination of prejudices color and the social and economic barriers that can hinder community life and fulfillment of all the girls and all the young son Nation.

In this Oct. 17, 2016, the commemoration of the death of Emperor Jean-Jacques Dessalines brings us to the memory of one of the darkest days of our history, at the same time it imposes a break of reflection and meditation on the events of our present and the misadventures of our free and independent people of destiny.

210 years ago, in fact, the Founding Father of the Fatherland was sacrificed by impious hands on the altar of his passion for freedom and equality, and independence gained on the battlefield, at the price a heroism that has no parallel in the whole world history. The flame of social justice that he wanted to walk around and implementing on the remains of structures and prejudices of the colonial era was extinguished at Red Bridge, in the ignominy of a parricide we do not perhaps have finished atone.

Because history remains an instrument of identification and unity, we collect piously this day to honor the memory of a matchless revolutionary, the memory of a martyr to the cause of the Haitian masses, loving freedom, equality and prosperity. The man was in his grandiose dream to see the land of Haiti belong, without exception, to all those who had risked their lives to free from the yoke of slavery and colonialism. For him, the abolition of the operating system inevitably entailed the elimination of prejudices color and the social and economic barriers that can hinder community life and fulfillment of all the girls and all the young son Nation.

This self-sacrifice and overcoming spirit that animated this great visionary of Santo Domingo student at the highest peak of fame, in the immortal gallery builders of nations and civilizations. It offers our present and future generations the example and lesson from a battle to be fought every day, in a belief that has its roots and its faith in the unity of crucible that is the strength and makes them invincible peoples.

Our Founder taught us patriotic fervor and the Union, enshrined in the facts by his unlikely alliance with General Alexandre Pétion. By this gesture, he had accomplished the founding and generated unbeatable coalition that would lead our ancestors on the peaks of Vertières and radiant dawn of January 1, 1804.

Premye leader Leta peyi has kwe you any good nou pa ta gen yon kapab nasyon if ansyen ak nouvo lib yo pat mete tèt ansanm. Entèlijans you li ke dekouvri pèmèt li tou 2 gwoup his yo, you ap year Reyalite rapousib yon menm Rev.: ALL EQUAL MOUN DWE VIV EGO.
Jean-Jacques Dessalines, gason Kanson fè, Tankou anpil Lòt gwo sitwayen ki make listwa, tout moun pa ty riveted konprann ideal nan li li t ap viv Momma’s. E is its menm ki lakòz, yo te sasinen the penny Wouj Pon!

Tankou nou all the konnen, gwo sitwayen his yo pa janm mouri. If yon truth istorik ki pa janm Demanti. Entèlijans yo, yo willingness Genyen pou tout moun viv byen jan yo moun ak nan nan kwe pwogrè, toujou Sevi egzanp penny fason jenerasyon vini After ki yo yo ear dwe konpòte aji.

Dear Compatriots,
Today more than ever, the example of Jean-Jacques Dessalines must be a lesson and galvanize our energies to face the harsh realities we face today. Our country is living the anguish of extremely difficult times, following the passage of the Matthew hurricane that devastated five of the ten departments of the country and caused significant pain and loss of life in material and environmental damage.

In these times of trial and tribulation, the memory and ideals of the Father of the Nation should serve as a catalyst and close to realizing this national reconciliation if necessary for recovery of our country. They know we inspire behaviors consistent with our pursuit of patriotic concord and the introduction of psychological and moral conditions conducive to sacrifice selfish interests and engaging the entire nation in pursuit of a common project of collective well-being.

In the situation of the calamities of Matthew and hurricane approaching presidential and parliamentary elections, I invite you, under the wings tutelary genius of the Father of the nation, turning the pages of a past too often marked by division to open a specific and sincere hand the door to a future of peace and unity.This self-sacrifice and overcoming spirit that animated this great visionary of Santo Domingo student at the highest peak of fame, in the immortal gallery builders of nations and civilizations. It offers our present and future generations the example and lesson from a battle to be fought every day, in a belief that has its roots and its faith in the unity of crucible that is the strength and makes them invincible peoples.

Our Founder taught us patriotic fervor and the Union, enshrined in the facts by his unlikely alliance with General Alexandre Pétion. By this gesture, he had accomplished the founding and generated unbeatable coalition that would lead our ancestors on the peaks of Vertières and radiant dawn of January 1, 1804.

Premye leader Leta peyi has kwe you any good nou pa ta gen yon kapab nasyon if ansyen ak nouvo lib yo pat mete tèt ansanm. Entèlijans you li ke dekouvri pèmèt li tou 2 gwoup his yo, you ap year Reyalite rapousib yon menm Rev.: ALL EQUAL MOUN DWE VIV EGO.

Jean-Jacques Dessalines, gason Kanson fè, Tankou anpil Lòt gwo sitwayen ki make listwa, tout moun pa ty riveted konprann ideal nan li li t ap viv Momma’s. E is its menm ki lakòz, yo te sasinen the penny Wouj Pon!

Tankou nou all the konnen, gwo sitwayen his yo pa janm mouri. If yon truth istorik ki pa janm Demanti. Entèlijans yo, yo willingness Genyen pou tout moun viv byen jan yo moun ak nan nan kwe pwogrè, toujou Sevi egzanp penny fason jenerasyon vini After ki yo yo ear dwe konpòte aji.

Dear Compatriots,
Today more than ever, the example of Jean-Jacques Dessalines must be a lesson and galvanize our energies to face the harsh realities we face today. Our country is living the anguish of extremely difficult times, following the passage of the Matthew hurricane that devastated five of the ten departments of the country and caused significant pain and loss of life in material and environmental damage.

In these times of trial and tribulation, the memory and ideals of the Father of the Nation should serve as a catalyst and close to realizing this national reconciliation if necessary for recovery of our country. They know we inspire behaviors consistent with our pursuit of patriotic concord and the introduction of psychological and moral conditions conducive to sacrifice selfish interests and engaging the entire nation in pursuit of a common project of collective well-being.

In the situation of the calamities of Matthew and hurricane approaching presidential and parliamentary elections, I invite you, under the wings tutelary genius of the Father of the nation, turning the pages of a past too often marked by division to open a specific and sincere hand the door to a future of peace and unity.

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