April 7, 2004

Evans Paul: We regret that some political party leaders are not here now. This fight is everybody’s fight. The political sector, civil society and everybody else needs to lend a hand.

We need to put an end to the system of showing ungratefulness. All of us need to fight to overcome our pride so that we may find the necessary agreement that can help us create conditions for a better life for young people, students, political activists, union members, members of civil society, women, members of the informal economic sector, peasants, professionals and those who have lost hope because of the unbearable hunger and poverty that are killing them.

This is not the kind of country that Toussaint L’Ouverture, Dessalines, Christophe and Petion wanted for the Haitian people.

There is a small space in the state administration with lots of room for everybody without distinction. It is normal that people want to play important roles in their country.

But I believe that before the electoral campaign starts and all the candidates begin to ask people to vote for them we need to start casting a ballot for the Haitian people.

Voting for the people means keeping our commitments and fulfilling our duties to work together for the people and so that the poorest of the poor will have a better future.