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- Interview with Henry Jean Claude’s Wife, Erzilia Celuma
Erzilia Celuma dispels DR accusation that his husband had won the lottery and two Haitians killed him for the winnings (audio and video).
- A Barbaric Act Against Tulile in the Dominican Republic
- Boycott Dominican Republic Products, Tourism and Trade for making Apartheid and Racism legal in the Western Hemisphere.
- Vigil for Tulile – From USA to the Dominican Republic, Racism must end. Black Lives Matter, February 12, 2015.
See also, 10,000 Haitians protest in Haiti DR mistreatment and lynching,
February 25, 2015.
UPDATE, March 14, 2015: Video of the interview with Wife & Sister’s of man found hung to death in a public park in Santiago DR are seeking justice (See longer audio interview below)
UPDATE, February 15, 2015: A group of six Haiti students in Santiago, Dominican Republic where Tulile was found hung to death this week, searched for and found Tulile’s wife, Erzilia Celuma, who is 22-years old. The Haiti group went to help the grieving family. After listening to the traumatized wife and sister’s cries for help, the student group brought Erzilia Celuma and Tulile’s sister to a safe and private place for them to speak on a news station in the diaspora about the victim, their family’s burning sorrow and what they know about the events surrounding Henry “Tulile” Claude Jean’s murder through lynching. The interview is done in Kreyòl and partly summarized in Spanish.
The student leader (Woulo?) who spoke, introduced the interview by first expressing concern that the Dominican news outlets and authorities are rushing to cover-up and give a false story that criminalizes and further stigmatizes all Haitians. She said, in effect, the cover up story is another assault on Haitians everywhere for a horrendously public and racist lynching crime done to a Haitian. We update this post with a summary of the wife and sister’s first interview (33:44 minutes long).
Listen for yourself for the exact particulars. But here’s a brief English summary for our non-Kreyòl speakers.
In the interview, the students, Tulile’s wife and sister talk about the false story the Dominican authorities and news outlets are circulating that it was two unknown Haitians who lynched Henry Claude Jean (35 years old) to steal his lottery winnings. The wife, Erzilia Celuma, answered: “No, my husband does not play the lottery. And when my husband left the house he was alone.” Erzilia confirms Henry Claude Jean did not leave the house with “friends”- the two unknown Haitian assailants- the authorities are saying lynched him in Santiago’s public square. She emphasized that her husband loved to work and was a hard and diligent worker. Erzilia said “My husband is someone who loves to work so much, he could never work hard enough… He would gather the clothes for people and put them inside and then in the morning put them out again for sale.”
She said the police have said nothing to her about an investigation. She said the DR authorities had already buried him and only showed her where Tulile was killed. Tulile’s sister said two of her own children were also “toufe“- suffocated/strangled this way. She says Haitians are suffering all kinds of discrimination and horrible violence in the Dominican Republic. She says Tulile was her younger brother. He immigrated to the DR in 2000 and lived with her until he got married. She says her brother has been working at the Santiago park and hospital area for 14-years. He is well known there and use to run errands for the hospital workers and people in the area all around.
The distraught, disorientated, in shock but soft-spoken Erzilia Celuma said:
“I am so devastated. I still don’t understand. No one can tell me anything…. My husband has no enemies. My husband was not against anyone, didn’t have angry words with anyone…I would like you to help me because.. I have two children. My husband was killed. I am not working. I don’t know what work I could do. I don’t know. I have two children, they are in school. I have no one to help me….I ask for justice for my husband. Justice is what I want. Do you hear me? Justice is what I want. Yes, because my husband is dead and I’ve no idea how he can be dead. I want justice….My husband has no enemies. I want justice. If there’s no justice, I don’t want to live in this life with my two girls.“
Celuma told the interviewer that her and the victim have two daughters, ages 10 and 8 years old. Her husband was the sole bread winner. Erzilia took care of the children, who are in school. She doesn’t know how her girls will survive now. Erzilia was so emotional, she couldn’t talk for long or very coherently. This is understandable considering Erzilia’s husband left for work one morning. Next thing she knows, he’s lynched, left to hang dead in a public square and then buried by DR authorities before the wife and friends could say their final goodbyes. The sister seemed to say her brother was buried by the DR authorities also because, the family didn’t have the funds and the Haiti consulate in the DR was making arrangements but that would have taken more time. It seems the DR wanted a quick burial of this situation in more ways than one. Erzilia Celuma told the interviewer she would fax the radio station her and her husband’s identification documents so that they could verify his age and their status. Erzilia Celuma says Henry Claude Jean has a Haitian birth certificate.
A Barbaric Act Against Tulile in the Dominican Republic
This week we hear of another barbaric act by certain criminals in the Dominican Republic against a Haitian. As Ezili’s HLLN constantly points out, according to official statistics, Haitians are the least violent people in the Caribbean. Nations such as the colonized Dominican Republic have four times more violence, larger militarized forces, more foreigners owning DR property and lots of pedophile tourists and prostitution. In fact, the US colonization of the DR, effectively since the failed 1963 (Juan Bosch) independence struggle, has rendered Dominican women to be the fourth most trafficked prostitutes in the world. But, such island nations have available much more consumer goods, technological access, wage jobs and infrastructure to service the corporatocracy and make comfortable the rich white tourists than Haiti. That, is what’s considered good European development.
On Wednesday February 10, 2015, in this paradise of European development, a Haitian man, named Henry Claude Jean (35 years old), nicknamed “Tulile,” who was a humble shoe shine worker, was found hanging in Santiago Park. His hand and foot were tied together. More about this barbaric act is reported: here, here and here.
The US-installed Martelly dictatorship and its controlled opposition remain silent about this atrocity. The activist-for-hire human rights industry, like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the big NGOs and the UN, along with the former slave holding nations and Canada have also remained relatively silent about the treatment of Haitians in the Dominican Republic. They ignored, last month, when a Dominican naval ship entered Haiti waters and arrested Haiti fishermen fishing in their own waters. They’ve mostly ignored and imposed no sanctions on the DR for its continued denial of civil rights to up to 220,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent whose citizenship were summarily revoked, retroactively to 1929. The revoking of civil and human rights of Haitians in the DR, essentially emboldens such acts as the one that took Tulile’s life. See, Denounce and boycott Dominic Republic for making racism legal and Mainstream Media Reduces Protests Against Dictatorship and Occupation to Mere Protest About Gas Prices.
Tulile’s lynching is the latest in reported anti-Haiti violence, in a long list of atrocities including yearly beheadings of Haitians, that remain under-reported by the corporate media and embolden by the post-World War II, UNSC-powers who sent the UN to ethnic cleanse Haiti since 2004 to present. Haitians living in the Dominican Republic are racistly stigmatized and facing a barbarism not seen since the days of outright slavery and Rafael Trujillo’s massacres.
Please, join Ezili’s HLLN/Free Haiti Movement in denouncing these barbaric acts by insane criminals embolden by the State making racism legal, and lifting up those Dominicans working to stop the deep-seated hatred of the African blood running in most of their people’s veins.
It’s criminal enough to kill an unarmed man in cold blood. But collectively traumatic, is the message sent by the racist psychopaths who committed this heinous crime by hanging the Black man from a tree, his hand and foot tied in the manner of the old enslaving conquistadors and Spanish inquisitors, whose Catholic order, the Dominicans, only knew how to torture, rape and kill those who would not submit to slavery or held different religious views. There are no words to describe how criminally insane this act is. We express heartfelt condolences to this poor man’s family and friends.
Tulile, a humble shoe shiner did not deserve to die, much less in this provoking manner. We wish steel courage to all Haitians and Dominicans who have to face this sort of mindless Nazism and white supremacist mindset in the Dominican Republic.
I am reading so much DR hatred in comments in articles at Noticiassin.com, Dominican Today and elsewhere on this lynching, mostly blaming the victim for being in the DR trying to find life, work. This is extra sad. Especially coming from a country where most of its population, like Haiti, must migrate to the US and elsewhere to find better lives as their own society provides little routes for advancement. But alas the DR is a country that still celebrates the enslavers not the liberators, that names itself after a Dominican order known for the inquisition torture, that celebrated the pedophile/rapist/murderer Christopher Columbus. Thing is, deep in the DR power elites’ psyche they cannot forget the North African conquest of Spain for 800 years, nor the Haitians beating the Spanish to abolish slavery all over the island in 1804. So Haiti peoples, more than 200 years later, pay the interminable price for liberating the enslaved. The French tried to return Haiti to slavery and settled for the Independence Debt and ecclesiastical colonialism. Opportunists on the Spanish side used the dissatisfaction with paying the Independence Debt (and the last cataclysmic earthquake in Haiti) to successfully invite the enslaver Spain back on the island. It’s been hell for liberated Haiti ever since. And no, we-Haitians DO NOT wish to unite the island as one with such mindsets. Rest assured this is the global elites’ destabilizing with colonial chaos and fear. Don’t fall for this Dominicans.
All, that (right thinking) Haitians want is for the former slaveholding nations and their mentally colonized Blacks to leave us in peace. Go home USAID, close the dictatorship/coup d’etat-making US embassy in Haiti, kick out the poverty pimping NGOs masturbating on Black pain and imported crisis. Let Haiti use its enormous natural resources,- gold, oil, iridium, uranium, lands- to feed its own people without the wealthy nations stealing and containing Haiti in poverty. Haiti wants an end the US occupation of Haiti outsourced to UN mercenary guns. Let Haiti live. Pay a living wage. Allow Haiti riches to be used to raise local Haiti living standards without the criminal World Bank/IMF or unfair trade interferences. Then there would be no immigration elsewhere, especially not to the DR.
Rest now Tulile. We ask people of conscience to boycott the DR for their systemic racism- the denationalization of nearly 220,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent. We ask Dominicans of conscience to teach their compatriots real history, how the Africans liberated the entire Island from Spanish and French rule. Many hands make light a heavy load. Two exploited peoples must find a center of truth that refuses the projection of all Dominican misery upon the defenseless Haitians, already the object of great exploitation and imperial tyranny. The 70,000 in the Dominican army protect foreign interests, not authentic local DR development. Dominicans must take their country back, instead of scapegoating struggling Haitians for their own inability to live decent lives without having to sneak to Puerto Rico and claim they’re Puerto Ricans in order to immigrate to the US as US citizens and have a future.
Haiti is NOT the enemy. Tulile, was shinning shoes. He did not take a job coveted by anyone. Stop the projection. The DR population would do well to educate itself beyond the world oligarchs’ propaganda about the civility of whiteness before they find themselves occupied by not only the foreign-established Dominican army, but an outsourced US occupation behind UN mercenary guns.
But then again, maybe this is their dream, to be raped some more by foreign soldiers sent by Empire to whitened the African blood out of their veins, as is being attempted in Haiti with the NGO pedophile white rapists, priests, pastors, doctors and UN-MINUSTAH new-Lerclerc soldiers. It’s time planet earth stopped the barbaric genocide aimed at the Black woman’s child worldwide. Denounce and boycott Dominic Republic for making racism legal. (Share and circulate HLLN’s Urgent Action Requested alert below.)
Urgent Action Requested:
Boycott the DR for making Apartheid and Racism legal.
Condemn the Racist Lynch-Mob in the Dominican Republic that killed Henry Claude Jean, nicknamed “Tulile.”
Share and Circulate widely
Boycott Dominican Republic goods, services, tourist travel and trade for making racism legal. Stop the civil genocide, legalize violence, apartheid and ethnic cleansing by law in the Dominican Republic.
Help defend Black Dominicans and Haiti immigrants from historic white supremacist bloodlust, thievery and racial hatred. The DR has retroactively revoke the citizenship from 1929 to the present of mostly Dominicans with Haitian descent in a clearly malicious, malevolent racist and distasteful move to take Haiti lives and property, deny them civil rights by making them stateless and illegal in the Dominican Republic going back eight decades. ENOUGH worldwide suffering for Haitians everywhere. Lift up human values and civil behavior. Join the Ezili/HLLNetwork, the Free Haiti Movement, MUDHA, Reconocido and We Are All Dominican (#NoMasRacismoRD) along with all our brothers and sisters in the DR, however they may define themselves, to stop racism and racial crimes against Haitians in the DR, dark-skinned Dominicans and Dominicans of Haitian ancestry.
Condemn the racist lynch-mob in the Dominican Republic that lynched Henry “Tulile” Claude Jean. Boycott the Dominican Republic for making apartheid and racism legal.
Listen to our English Boycott recording announcement with Edwidge Danticat.
Kreyòl Boykòt recording with Koralen.
Boykòt sistematic tout sevis, biznis ak pwodwi Dominiken
BOYCOTT the Dominican Republic as a rogue nation for making apartheid legal in the Western Hemisphere. Demand international sanctions and that the puppet Haiti government STOP all trade, commerce with he DR and deports DR ambassador/all its staff back to DR, recall its ambassador/all staff from DR IMMEDIATELY. Denounce all in the controlled opposition in Haiti merely looking to hold on to political jobs but who do not defend defenseless Haitians, who do not denounce the DR’s vile and racist actions against our brothers and sisters in the DR. Demand accountability. (See, the Quiet Genocide in Haiti, from FDR to Obama: The UN a Criminal Organization from Lumumba to Aristide.)
More Background information
The case of Henry “Tulile” Claude Jean
On February 10, 2015, Henry “Tulile” Claude Jean, was found hanging from a tree in the Ercilia Pepín public park at Santiago, Dominican Republic, in front of the José María Cabral and Báez hospital. His unidentified assailants remain at large. But the cover-up has begun with the DR police. Without much scrutiny, the day after the body was found, the police director immediately sent a statement to the media ruling that this was not a racist, hate crime. But Haiti students we spoke to who are studying in the Dominican Republic, report that the racist mob mentality in the DR has gleefully celebrated the hanging from a tree of this Haitian man. The majority of DR comments on-line regarding this matter, confirm this.
In fact, certain Dominicans took to burning the Haiti flag and there are reports of another Haitian man, killed in the racist frenzy by a policeman the day Tulile’s body was found. The atrocious crime saddens both Haitian and Dominicans who knew Tutile. The We Are All Dominican (#NoMasRacismoRD) coalition and other Haiti-Dominican activist groups plan to hold vigils, protests and teach-ins to remember Tulile, and to continue the campaigns to boycott DR tourism, trade, services and products.
The latest bestial action shocks the already heavily victimized Haiti community both in the Dominican Republic, in Haiti and abroad. Details are still coming in. It’s beyond sad that this human being was killed this way. But, it’s criminally insane that his death is celebrated and that no public official has yet stepped up to denounce the strings of atrocities. See, news reporting and DR comments at Noticiassin.com (with video of crying relative/friend of Tulile who said that Tulile leaves behind two young daughters), Dominican Today , and Huffington Post.
The silence of the Haitian so-called leaders, the international community and Dominican-American elected leaders in the United States are unacceptable in the face of the state sanctioned violence and oppression directed at Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants.
Haitians are the least violent people in the Caribbean and that is a statistical fact. The initial report from the DR police is that “unidentified assailants” murdered Tulile. But the DR government is equally responsible for the death of Tulile because the DR enacted the legal apartheid and racism that embolden this public mentality. If history is any indication, the “unidentified assailants” will never be found, the community will cover up the crime and if necessary for their tourism profits, a way will be manufactured, perhaps complete with plausible confessions, to somehow blame Dominican Haitians, Haiti migrants or Haiti for this crime. The Dominicans are a people mostly in denial of their uses, the naked colonial oppression and endemic poverty. But, “Haiti is to blame,” that’s the official and convenient DR line for nearly everything.
The structural deprivations, racial injustices and the daily humiliations that result from policies motivated by the belief that the immigrant’s life is of no value are intolerable. Anti-Haitian racism in the Dominican Republic flourishes in the face of the world’s silence. Elected officials, human rights organization and all people of conscience should demand justice for Tulile and state protection for the lives of Haitians and Haitian Dominicans in the DR made stateless. Black lives matter.
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