Rice Wars, Artibonite: Grassroots Leaders’ and Farmers’ Perspective, 1 Dec. 1986

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Interview with farmers and leaders of grassroots peasant organizations in L’Estère (Artibonite) on the violence that occurred when people from Gonaïves broke down the barricades against imported US rice on Nov 29, 1986 killing one and wounding others. They speak of the “invasion” of US rice that has undersold local rice and destroyed their livelihood, and claim that the local government is not doing its job in protecting the peasants or bringing the attackers to justice.

Additional background on the Artibonite Rice Wars.

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