(June 25, 2014) Demonstrators Denounce Prizes to Presidents Martelly and Clinton
The anger that erupted in the streets of Port-au-Prince on Jun. 5,10, and 19 also flared in the streets of New York on Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014.
Over 100 Haitians and North American activists, mobilized with only 48 hours notice, protested against the Happy Hearts Fund of super-model Petra Nemcova awarding Haitian President Michel Martelly a prize for his "leadership in education" in a sumptuous Manhattan ceremony. The foundation also gave the former President Bill Clinton a "Lifetime Achievement Award."
One of the main chants of the demonstrators on 42nd Street outside the Cipriani restaurant was "Clinton, where is the money for reconstruction?" The answer was "in whose pockets?"
Clinton was responsible for overseeing the billions of dollars in aid pledged to Haiti after the devastating earthquake there four years ago. While rubble has finally been cleared from the streets, some 200,000 people still live in tents.