Intellectuals react to death threats against writer Ángela Hernández

04-03-2016. Encuentro Escritora Angela Hernandez en BIJRD. Angel Gonzalez.

Acento recently wrote that a group of intellectuals and activists from around the world, including Noam Chomsky (United States), Juan Carlos Giordano (Argentina), and fellow Dominican writers Chiqui Vicioso and Nelson Ricart-Guerrero, among others, have protested the recent death threats received by Ángela Hernández, who received the National Prize for Literature in the Dominican Republic last year. They also demanded that the government create a bill to punish discrimination, incitement to violence, and racial hatred in the Dominican Republic. Acento reports:

Intellectuals, writers and civic and political activists from the Dominican Republic, the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Spain, and other countries issued a manifesto of support and solidarity for Dominican writer Ángela Hernández, for the death threats and insults uttered against the National Literature Prize winner by anti-Haitian nationalist groups.

The signatories demand that the government of President Danilo Medina act against death threats to Ángela Hernández, which occurred in broad daylight and under the eyes of a police contingent that did not intervene to defend her physical wellbeing. They also demanded that the Executive Branch send a bill to punish discrimination, incitement to violence, and racial hatred in the Dominican Republic.

In addition, they called on student groups, progressive organizations, feminists, pro-immigrants, labor unions, intellectuals and artists to form a united front to combat racial hatred, all kinds of discrimination, and the outbreaks of authoritarianism and violence of the official agencies and extreme right groups.

Among the signers of the document are the influential American intellectual Noam Chomsky, Maribel Núñez, Lourdes Contreras, Jacqueline Jiménez Polanco, Manuel García Cartagena. Also, the Socialist Movement of Workers of the Dominican Republic (MST); from Argentina, Juan Carlos Giordano, national deputy elected by the Left and Workers Front (FIT), and from Brazil João Batista Oliveira de Araujo (Baba), Rio de Janeiro councilor of the Socialism and Freedom Party (PSOL), other signatures.

Solidarity with Ángela Hernández and in repudiation of racism and fascist violence

We the undersigned express our unconditional solidarity with the Dominican poet and novelist Ángela Hernández, victim of a verbal attack and death threats from groups of the ultra-right that raise the banner of anti-Haitian racism and xenophobia.

The fascist attack on writer and feminist Ángela Hernández occurred on Sunday, December 23, during a counter-protest organized by fascist groups with the aim of preventing a sporting event scheduled for that day by organizations of the Haitian community living in the country. The sports activity was suspended because of death threats from the fascists and the denial of the Dominican State to give permission for it to be carried out.

The suspension of recreational activity organized by some sectors of the Haitian community in the Dominican Republic and the attack on the writer Ángela Hernández have their origin in the racist anti-Haitian campaign promoted by powerful groups, in complicity with the conservative press and the ruling party represented by the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD). We denounce the racist campaign and express our solidarity with the Haitian community and Dominicans of Haitian origin who fight for their civil rights.

By this means, we demand the action of the government of President Danilo Medina before the death threats to which Ángela Hernández was subjected in broad daylight and under the eyes of a police contingent that did not intervene to defend her physical integrity. We also demand that a bill be sent from the executive branch to punish discrimination, incitement to violence and racial hatred.

Finally, we call on student groups, progressive organizations, feminists, pro-immigrants, labor unions, intellectuals and artists to form a united front to fight together racial hatred, all kinds of discrimination and outbreaks of authoritarianism and violence of the ruling party and the extreme right. [. . .]

For full article and information on signees, see https://acento.com.do/2019/actualidad/8639392-chomsky-otros-intelectuales-activistas-rechazan-amenazas-antihaitianos-angela-hernandez/

Photo above from https://www.lanoticiadelcaribe.com/2018/12/24/grupos-racistas-r-dominicana-amenazan-muerte-periodista/

One thought on “Intellectuals react to death threats against writer Ángela Hernández

  1. The article does not explain why the protesters targeted Ángela Hernández Núñez specifically. It appears that she had expressed her disapproval of the anti-Haitian or ‘nationalist’ manifestation that took place in the capital city on December 22, 2018, as it was taking place. She then became a target of insults and threats from the protesters on the spot. See: https://acento.com.do/2018/actualidad/8636364-decenas-marchan-republica-dominicana-presencia-haitianos-pais (EFE, December 23)

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