The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Haitian Workers Stand Up to Gangsters

Jun 24, 2019

Translated from La Voix des Travailleurs (Workers Voice), journal of the Organisation des Travailleurs Révolutionnaires (Revolutionary Workers Organization) active in Haiti.

The rise of criminal activity by armed men in poor neighborhoods affects workers’ commutes.

Workers and tradespeople are forced to leave home for work extra early, in the darkness before dawn. They are easy prey for thugs who lie in wait by the roadside.

Alerted to the dangers they face after ambushes in some areas, workers began commuting in groups. These groups grew as workers figured out to join them to better resist thugs and muggers.

Workers organized spontaneously for protection against the thieves who poison street life. This approach will have to spread throughout working class areas for the masses to put an end to the cycle of violent robbery.