Approximately 30 Los Altos High students and local residents held a peaceful protest to show solidarity for students in Haiti last week at a protest at the corner of El Camino Real and San Antonio Road.
The crowd, chanting “Hey hey, ho ho, police brutality has got to go,” was holding the Mountain View version of demonstrations that were going on throughout Haiti for weeks to protest the regime of President Jovenel Moise, which has been replete with corruption and police brutality.
“It’s important that students stand up for other students around the world,” said Aimee Tsang, a sophomore at Los Altos High and member of the Haiti Solidarity Club.
Students in the Haiti Solidarity Club at Los Altos High visit Haiti annually and have a sister school there, so they were alarmed to learn about the recent spate of violence.
Police in Haiti have killed several activists, specifically targeting student activists.
Seth Donnelly, a history teacher at Los Altos High who organized the protest, reminded students that the Haitian police are funded and trained by the United States, so police brutality in Haiti is not so different from police brutality in the United States.
The students’ largest poster read “Black lives matter, from Haiti to the Bay.”
“It seems like the issue is so far away, but it’s not,” said Haiti Solidarity Club President Negar Bagheri, Los Altos High senior.